Firefighter’s respirator fails in Wappinger fire

WAPPINGER, NY (NEWS10) – On Sunday, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Fire and Arson Investigation Unit along with the Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division responded to Woodland Court in Wappinger following a house fire. Investigators helped Hughsonville’s fire department determine the origin and cause of the previous fire.

While extinguishing the fire, a firefighter from Hughsonville experienced a problem with his self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) regulator, and a “Mayday” call was sent out. The firefighter was helped out of the house and taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Sheriff Kirk A. Imperati said: “Fortunately, the firefighter was not seriously injured in this incident. This serves as a reminder to all of us of the dangers our firefighters face at each alarm. Thank you to the 911 sender, firefighters and EMS providers for their strong work during this fire. “

Investigators believe the fire was unintentional. Their investigation is ongoing at this time.

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