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Major Blaze Hits Clinton Street Multi-Family

The fire allegedly started in the rear yard of 48 Clinton Street after 11 p.m. Wednesday and sent flames up the building, affecting all four apartments and the attic.

A fire that officials say started behind a Clinton Street multi-family home in Sleepy Hollow overnight sent flames up the height of the structure and left four families homeless.

There were no major injuries, reported Sleepy Hollow Fire Chief Billy Ryan, adding that some firefighters slipped and fell on the ice during the extinguishing effort that involved 50 firefighters from five departments.  

Water run-off from their hoses was making a slippery sheen of black ice on the road and parking lot adjacent to the house.

At 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters and police responded to several 911 calls for a structure fire in the rear of 48 Clinton Street.

Fire departments on hand included: Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Valhalla, Briarcliff Manor with their cascade/scene lighting truck, Pocantico Hills, and Ossining on standby.

Within 45 minutes, Ryan said the blaze was under control. But at one point, responders described orange flames engulfing the entire rear of the house up to its roof.

“There was a heavy fire load in the rear affecting all the apartments and the attic,” Ryan said.

For about 15 minutes, Metro-North Railroad, whose tracks run just behind the house, shut down service.

There’s a burnt dog kennel in the back of the house and a charred Humvee, along with a lot of machinery including welding equipment. By 1 a.m Thursday, the County Cause and Origin Team was in the debris-filled back yard investigating the cause of the fire. 

“The dog is fine,” reported Ryan. 

Ryan said neighbors all took in the evacuated tenants of the home.

The scene was cleared by 1:30 a.m.

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bonnie gonzalez February 07, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Glad everyone is okay,Big Thanks to all Firefighters involved,is the Red Cross helping this homeless peoples or are they with families? What started the fire?
Krista Madsen February 07, 2013 at 04:09 PM
@Bonnie, Red Cross was assisting but everyone apparently get housed with neighbors. Fire under investigation.
Ray Hernandez February 07, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Prayers to the families affected by this fire. I grew up on Cedar Street and I still consider North Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow) my home. God bless all the volunteers as well.
Krista Madsen February 09, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Note correction on timing on this. Police reports reveal multiple 911 calls at 11:10 p.m. that officials responded to, not 11:30. MTA was shut down shortly after 11:19.
Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber February 14, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Our thoughts are with the families affected by this fire and many thanks to the volunteer firefighters for their work and time. It is greatly appreciated!

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