CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Croton firefighters were called to 20 Van Wyck Street Sunday after one of the residents of the wooden, multi-family home detected smoke emanating from its front porch.
The landlord was already pulling up smoldering boards from the porch when firefighters arrived on the scene within two minutes of receiving the 12:23 p.m. call.
Croton police officers, whose headquarters are right up the street, had lent a hand by using their fire extinguishers, firefighters said in a Facebook post.
Fire crews determined that no flames or smoke had gotten inside the 2 ½-story structure.
However, it could have been a different story if the fire had not been detected so early. The section that burned was just about a foot away from the home’s gas meter, firefighters said.
A reciprocating saw was used to remove a section of the porch so the underside could be checked and soaked down with water as well.
About three dozen volunteers were on the scene. All units returned to their bases within 30 minutes, firefighters said.
The cause of the fire was unknown at press time.