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7-Alarm Fire Guts Abandoned Psych Hospital in Middletown, NY

Date: 2015-07-14
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Photos by Nick Elia, courtesy of Middletown FD

A seven-alarm fire gutted the hospital building of the former Middletown Psychiatric Center in New York on Sunday, July 12th, drawing hundreds of firefighters from miles around. The facility has been abandoned for years, according to news reports.

The initial call came in 5:55 AM at 90 North St. for a heavy smoke condition. The smoke lead the department to 141 Monhagen Ave., on the hospital grounds.  Due to the heavy progression on the interior of the 4-story brick building, fire crews set up defensive operations and fought the fire from the exterior.

Firefighters from Middletown and numerous mutual aid companies from the area were on scene throughout the night and into the following day, conducting overhaul to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

The fire consumed most of the large 19th Century building, and the structure had to be demolished the following day. There were no injuries reported.

News reports indicated that smoke poured from the upper windows well into the evening. The building has been abandoned for at least a decade, a woman told a reported from the Times Herald-Record, and has no electricity or running water.  “I’m into urban exploration, so I’m quite familiar with the building,” said Cathy Harper of Middletown, who said she’d been inside just two weeks ago. “People go in there all the time. There’s a fence around it, but the gate is always wide open.”

Middletown is located in Orange County, within New York's Hudson Valley region


Firefighting water was challenging at the abandoned structure; a number of mutual aid water tenders were called in to assist, setting up a water supply in a seperate area across from the fire building.

For more information on the fire, see: Times Herald-Record online

For more information on the Middletown (NY) Fire Dept., click here

See more images on the FD’s Facebook page

- From-The-Field/ (courtesy of Middletown FD, 7/12/15)


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