On Friday, October 13, 2000, at about 22:10, Beacon Fire Department and Beacon Volunteer Ambulance were dispatched to a possible working structure fire at the Forrestal Heights Apartment Complex. Upon arrival of Chief 33-1, he reported a 2-story apartment building with heavy fire on the second floor and in the cockloft. He then requested a second alarm be transmitted bringing Rescue 1 (33-55) to the scene and Village of Fishkill and Glenham for covers. About forty firefighters fought the blaze which took about fifteen minutes to bring under control. The fire was confined to the apartment of origin and is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.
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On Tuesday, September 26, 2000, at about 02:30, a Beacon Police unit patrolling the area came about a working structure fire on School Street. Beacon Fire Department and Beacon Volunteer Ambulance were then dispatched. Upon arrival of Ladder 33-45, he reported a one story dwelling which was heavily involved. Chief 33-1 then requested a second alarm bringing Rescue 1 (33-55) and Village of Fishkill and Glenham for covers. The fire took about twenty minutes to control and is labeled as very suspicious in origin. No injuries were reported.
On Saturday, August 26, 2000 at 00:19, Ladder 33-45 witnessed heavy smoke coming from the rear of the Yankee Clipper Diner on Main Street. A first alarm was transmitted dispatching two engines and one ladder along with Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Within minutes, fire was venting from two rear windows of the diner. The fire was placed under control within ten minutes. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was treated on the scene. The fire was labeled electrical in nature.
On Thursday, May 11, 2000, at 22:41, City of Beacon FD along with Beacon Volunteer Ambulance were dispatched to a possible structure fire at the intersection of Verplanck Avenue and North Elm Street. Upon arrival of 33-12, heavy smoke and fire was issuing from the 2.5 sty vacant dwelling. Due to the fire being intentionally set, the fire spread rapidly causing severe smoke and fire damage to the fire building. A near by exposure also suffered minor heat damage. The fire took approximately 20 minutes to control. No one was injured.
Beacon 2 Alarm Fire (5/8/00)
On Monday, May 8, 2000, at 13:54, City of Beacon FD along with Beacon Volunteer Ambulance were dispatched to a possible structure fire at The Bridge Inn on Rt. 9D. Upon arrival, heavy smoke was issuing from the eaves of the roof of the 3 story boarding house. Due to the high temperatures, a second alarm was called bringing mutual aid from Rombout & Village of Fishkill to the scene and Glenham for standby. Approximately 50 firefighters battled the blaze for nearly one hour which left 25 people homeless. The cause of blaze was electrical in nature.
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