Red Cross steps in to help 14 after Livingston fire

LIVINGSTON—At least 14 people were displaced as the result of a fire in a commercial space with attached apartments, February 14 at 10:45 p.m.

State Police responded with Livingston firefighters to the building at 1637 County Route 31 (Blue Hill Road) near State Route 9.

All residents were evacuated to safety with no reported injuries, according to a press release from State Police. Columbia County 911 reports that Northern Dutchess Paramedics and Columbia County EMS Greenport Rescue each transported one patient to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Twisted rubble remains after fire destroyed a building with commercial space and attached apartments at 1637 County Route 31, Livingston, February 14 at 10:57 p.m. Photo contributed

Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to at least 14 people after the fire.

The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to eight adults and six children. Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items and stuffed animals for the children. At least one individual is eligible for Veterans’ services.

The fire investigation remains ongoing.

Nearly 30 additional fire departments responded to assist Livingston Fire Department. Responding fire companies included: Clermont, Churchtown, Greenport, Taghkanic, Ancram, West Ghent, Mellenville, Claverack, Germantown, Red Hook, Milan, and Tivoli. Ghent and Niverville stood by at Livingston Station 1.

Fire companies were back in service February 15 at 2:02 p.m.


Much of the Four Brothers Plaza was ravaged by fire the afternoon of February 16. Photo by Lance Wheeler

Two of the four businesses in the Four Brothers Plaza, 2828 State Route 23, were ravaged by a swift-moving blaze that broke out Sunday, February 16 at 2:20 p.m.

The fire destroyed a driving range office and Hillsdale Health Care, a private practice, at the west end of the building.

Coldwell Banker was being assessed for smoke and water damage and firefighters stopped the fire from spreading to Four Brothers Pizza Inn.

Though part of the plaza has now been demolished, the pizza place still stands, but it may not reopen for some time, according to a report from NEWS10, which interviewed the building’s insurer.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Four of the 11 fire companies that responded to provide mutual aid to Hillsdale had also responded to the February 14 Livingston fire, according to information from County 911.

Assisting Hillsdale firefighters were units from: Craryville, Copake, Ancram, Austerlitz, Hudson, Churchtown, Claverack, Philmont, Taghkanic, Greenport and Egremont, MA. Firefighters were back in service at 11:30 p.m.


Two people were hurt in a two-vehicle personal injury accident on State Route 9 at the Atlantic Avenue intersection, February 14 at 1:01 p.m.

Two drivers were hurt in a crash at the Route 9/Atlantic Avenue intersection in Stockport, February 14. Photos contributed

Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies to the accident scene.

Deputies found that a 2007 Honda Accord, operated by Christopher Greene, 34, of Kinderhook was headed northbound on State Route 9 when it struck a 2010 Ford Explorer that was entering the intersection from Atlantic Avenue.

The Explorer, operated by Sueann Cooley, 64, of Stockport was crossing State Route 9 to enter West Atlantic Avenue when she was struck, according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Mr. Greene complained of injuries to his chest and left hip. The Valatie Rescue Squad took him to Albany Medical Center for treatment.

Mrs. Cooley complained of injuries to her neck, upper chest, ankle and wrist from the crash. The Greenport Rescue Squad took her to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

A preliminary investigation shows that Mr. Greene ran the red light at the intersection and struck the Explorer. The investigation is continuing and tickets are pending at this time.

The Greenport and Valatie rescue squads, Stottville Fire Company, Stockport Fire Company, West Ghent Fire Department, Greenport Police Department and Stockport Highway Department assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are Undersheriff John Davi, Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, Sergeant Eli Fieser, Deputy Steven Rose, and K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne.

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