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Basement Fire Temporarily Displaces Peekskill Family

The Red Cross is providing emergency lodging for a family of four.

A candle burning in the basement of a home at 760 Lyndberg Avenue caused a fire that has temporary displaced the family of four that lives there, Peekskill Fire Chief Lenny Varella said. A woman was home at the time of the fire, smelled smoke and reported the fire around 1 p.m. The Westchester County Cause and Origin team declared it an accident.

No one was injured and all serious damage was contained in the basement. Because the electrical wires were compromised in the fire, Con Edison will need to check the wiring before the electric can be turned back on, Varella said. Smoke did some damage to the upper levels of the house as well. 

The Red Cross met with the family and helped them work with thier insurance agency, which will cover their costs for temporary lodging the parents and two teenagers who are displaced, Red Cross’ volunteer spokesperson Carolyn Sherwin said.

responded and quickly knocked out the fire, Varella said. Buchanan Fire Department was also there with its cascade system and Lake Mohegan FD was on stand by. 

Luci Vale May 08, 2012 at 12:30 AM
It seems lately, we have been hearing a lot about tragic fires happening in homes recently. This is the time when we are all "reminded" to take every precaution to be safe, in order to prevent these fires from causing loss of lives and property. Even as I am writing this comment, I can hear the siren of a fire truck racing down Main Street. We see a lot of ads on TV about how we can have "greener grass, better light bulbs, organic vegetable gardens, bug sprays"...and the list goes on and on. Perhaps the media can be a big help in getting this message across: " the most dangerous place you can be in right now, is in your own home." Get a smoke alarm, and check those batteries often too.

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