On Thursday, May 2, a fire broke out at Pawling Engineered Products, drawing a response from the Pawling Fire Department (PFD) and several neighboring companies. Employees of the rubber products manufacturer were forced to evacuate the building, and the fire was controlled within twenty minutes.
At approximately 11:40 a.m., members of the Pawling Fire Department received a call reporting a fire at the business, located at 157 Charles Colman Boulevard. Engines from Dover and Patterson also arrived on the scene, along with a tanker unit from the Beekman Fire Department. Personnel from EMStar, the New York State Police, and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office were also on scene.
Upon arrival, PFD officials found a fire burning in the building’s interior that had spread to the roof. Responders used ladder operations to isolate the fire, and ultimately had to remove a twenty square-foot section of the roof to fight the blaze.
Officials believe that the fire was started by excessive material in the vent tube that leads to the building’s roof. “It got hot enough that it caught on fire, then started dropping fire back into itself,” explained Pawling Fire Chief Everett White.
After roughly twenty minutes, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze. “Nobody was hurt, and there was minimal damage,” said Chief White.