Blauvelt Fire Destroys Building

Firefighters responded to a building engulfed in flames on Route 303 in Blauvelt on Saturday morning. Around 8:00 AM reports of a fire at George’s Auto Body were received and volunteers from Blauvelt, Valley Cottage, and Pearl River arrived to fight the flames. Officials stated that the fire was difficult to put out due to minor explosions within the garage, most likely from paint cans and other accelerants used by the shop. After an hour firefighters had the flames under control and no injuries were reported. The owner was the only one inside when the fire started, but he got out quickly after crews began working. Investigators stated that the cause is still being looked into, but the fire most likely started in a car by accident, due to proximity to the gas line within the building.

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