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Firefighters Extinguish Multiple Blazes In Yorktown, Including At Kmart

The Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department were called to investigate and intervene multiple fires on Sunday.
The Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department were called to investigate and intervene multiple fires on Sunday. Photo Credit: Yorktown Heights Volunteer FD
The Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department were called to investigate and intervene multiple fires on Sunday.
The Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department were called to investigate and intervene multiple fires on Sunday. Photo Credit: Yorktown Heights Volunteer FD
The Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department were called to investigate and intervene multiple fires on Sunday.
The Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department were called to investigate and intervene multiple fires on Sunday. Photo Credit: Yorktown Heights Volunteer FD

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - The Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department was busy on Sunday responding to several reported fires, including a blaze in a dumpster at Kmart.

The day began shortly before 2:30 a.m. when firefighters were dispatched to put out a brush fire at the town’s compost plant near Greenwood Street. Then, at 9:11 a.m., they responded to Kmart on Downing Drive where units extinguished a dumpster fire with a single handline.

An hour later, Yorktown firefighters got an assist from the Bedford Fire Department’s FASTeam, for a reported structure fire on Hickory Street. Upon arrival, crews reported that a closet had caught fire, prompting the homeowner to evacuate with her child before calling firefighters. Burned items were removed from the scene and crews assisted with clean-up before clearing the scene.

At 10:40 a.m., a second fire alarm went off at K-Mart, unrelated to the dumpster fire, which turned out to be negative. Shortly before 11:15 a.m., as units were clearing that call, units were dispatched to Hanover Street, where a car was reportedly on fire next to a structure. First responders found that a car had caught fire, and a small brush fire had started and was extinguished before their arrival. The cause of that fire is still under investigation.

Lastly, at approximately 7:15 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the area near marker 11 on the Taconic State Parkway, where a car had been involved in an accident and caught fire. Crews used foam operations to extinguish the fire, due to a ruptured gas tank that was burning. Units cleared the scene and no injuries were reported.

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