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West Harrison Fire Truck Catches Fire in Nyack

Flames, smoke inside of truck on neighborhood street

A fire truck caught fire in Nyack at about 4 p.m. today. The truck—from West Harrison—was in the area for a drill, authorities said. The incident occurred near the Birchwood Avenue and Midland Avenue intersection.

The inside of the truck caught fire, smoking up the vehicle's interior and smelling up the entire block. Authorities have not yet confirmed what caused the fire.

The flames were extinguished shortly before Patch arrived.

Firefighters hauled a hose into the burning truck to douse the flames. They alternated between combating the blaze and resting due to high temperatures.

Earlier today, local authorities responded to a . The woman has been pronounced dead, and the man is in critical condition.

Elvis50 July 13, 2011 at 09:39 PM
The Fire Truck was at a repair shop for routine maintenance and after test driving the truck the fire started. The truck was not being used for a drill or for anything else.
GiveMeABreak July 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Keeps Mechanics Employed, although this is taking that a bit to the extreme.
Ken McQuade July 13, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Its a good thing it caught fire in Nyack imagine if the driver had turned into Rockland Lake and it caught fire.
Bridget July 14, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Ouch..and whew!
GiveMeABreak July 14, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Haha indeed, Dept 14 to the rescue!
vinny narciso July 14, 2011 at 01:17 PM
whats the difference, nyack had to call mutual aid
Jim July 14, 2011 at 08:09 PM
If you've ever fought a fire (not just watched one on TV) you would know what the term "mutual aid" means. You would also know that firefighting is physically demanding work and fresh manpower is a must for relief. Additionally, Nyack had 2 calls simultaneously (means at the same time) most of Nyack's equipment was tied up at the Truck fire, so mutual aid was need. Thanks to all our brothers from Depts 22, 2, & 13! Hell of a job by all!
Ken McQuade July 15, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Jim, I had the honor of serving with Empire for three short years. I know first hand that the Nyack FD can handle any car or truck fire thrown their way. I was making light of the fact that had the driver turned into the state park the truck would have burned alot worse. I know most of the county is suffering man-power issues but Dept-14 is really at a disadvantage.
NAO July 15, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Our Fire Department does a phenomenal job. I you are kidding around, but these people put their lives on the line everyday. Each time the alarm goes off they are there for us. They do not know if there is going to be a fire or a false alarm. Each time they come and give it their all. I see our police and fire all the time driving up and down 127 to false alarms and to emergencies and dealing with the people who think that their getting someplace is more important than the fire truck getting by (and somehow it does get by)-All I can say if that I am glad to live in Harrison because I know that when something bad happens my Police and Fire will be there to help me and my dogs. Thank you for all you do. Naomi
Hank Fontaine March 14, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Too bad the truck was pretty new. :(

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