STUYVESANT FALLS — A barn was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.
More than a dozen fire companies fought the blaze in temperatures that exceeded 95 degrees.
At about 2:55 p.m., Columbia County 911 sent Stuyvesant Falls and Stuyvesant fire companies to Wiul-Roc Farms at 550 County Route 26A for a reported barn fire.
The first firefighters on the scene reported it was a working fire and requested mutual-aid assistance from neighboring companies, including a Battalion 4 tanker response.
Fire quickly engulfed the barn and spread quickly. Several loud bangs could be heard coming from the burning building. Smoke from the fire could be seen several miles away in Columbiaville, and in Coxsackie, in Greene County, across the Hudson River.
Fire officials kept requesting more water to the scene.
Two sites were set up to fill tankers. One was at a pond on the farm’s property, the second was at the Hudson River.
A request was put in to Amtrak to slow their trains down in the area of the fill site so fire trucks could cross the tracks safely.
With temperatures in the mid-90s, a rehab unit was set up so overheated firefighters could cool down. The ladies auxiliary was requested to the scene with cold beverages.
National Grid responded to cut power to the building.
Fire police closed Route 26A, between Gibbons Road and Gypsy Point Road.
Firefighters were still on the scene as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Fire companies that either assisted at the scene or were placed on stand-by were: Stottville, Stockport, Hudson, Kinderhook, Valatie, Niverville, South Schodack, Tri-Village, North Chatham, East Chatham, West Ghent, Chatham, Ghent, Schodack and Greenport.
Assisting at the fire scene were: Valatie Rescue Squad, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office.
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