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Multi-family home in Hollowville destroyed in fire

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By DIANE VALDEN

HOLLOWVILLE—Volunteers from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided emergency aid to 12 people after a fire early Thursday morning, June 1 on County Route 16 in Claverack hamlet of Hollowville.


Ian Hutchings/ Churchtown Fire Company Facebook
Firefighters from nine fire companies work at a structure fire that destroyed a multi-family residence in Hollowville, June 1.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Churchtown firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad to a working structure fire at 251 County Route 16, Hollowville, June 1 at 1:21 a.m.

According to information on the Churchtown Fire Company Facebook Page, the structure was a multi-family residence attached to the Hollowville Post Office.

In a press release, the Red Cross reported providing financial assistance which can be used for necessities such as shelter, food, and clothing to eight adults and four children, ages 7, 6, 2 and 11 months. Volunteers also offered health services, comfort kits containing personal care items, and stuffed animals for the children. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.

Other responding volunteer agencies were: A.B. Shaw (Claverack), Philmont Fire Company #1, Mellenville Fire Company #1, Greenport FAST Team, Hudson Fire Department, Livingston Fire Company, Taghkanic Fire Company and Greenport Rescue Squad.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted on scene.

National Grid was also called to the scene and Greenport Rescue transported one or more to Columbia Memorial Hospital. Firefighters were back in service at 4:33 a.m.

Hillsdale

Columbia County 911 dispatched Hillsdale firefighters and the Community Rescue Squad to a working structure fire at 550 Rockledge Road, Hillsdale, May 24 at 1:56 a.m.


Hillsdale Fire Company Facebook
Fire destroyed a home at 550 Rockledge Road, Hillsdale, May 24 and killed the familiy’s two cats.

The homeowners got out safely but their two cats did not.

The Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided emergency aid to two people. The Red Cross provided financial assistance which can be used for food, clothing and lodging to two adults. One resident is eligible for veterans’ services.

According to a GoFundMe page (https://gofund.me/d733732f) set up by the couple’s daughter, Brenda and Bill Hathway lost their home and everything in it. Angela Ruel said on the page, “My parents are such selfless human beings and are always the ones to lend a helping hand to others. They have worked in public service for several years with my mom being a nurse and my stepfather a paramedic, always being there for anyone in need.”

The Hillsdale Fire Company #1 Facebook page thanked Edelman Excavating for helping them along with the following mutual aid fire companies: Craryville; Egremont, MA; Ancram; Copake; Philmont and Churchtown.

Millerton and Egremont also stood by. State Police and Sheriff’s deputies and County Fire Coordinators assisted on scene. NYSEG was called in. The Community Rescue transported one or more to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Firefighters were back in service at 7:25 a.m.

To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@columbiapaper.com

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