Fire remains under investigation
ELLENVILLE – The fire that destroyed 613 Automotive at 188 South
Main Street in Ellenville early Thursday morning destroyed 20 vintage
cars and several pieces of equipment being used by a production company
using the facilities to film an HBO movie.
The used car dealer’s building was totally destroyed with the remnant
being leveled later in the day.
Police Chief Phillip Mattracion said three families of nearby residences
had to be relocated as a result of damage from the fire.
“The absolute amazing thing to come out of this atrocity of disaster
is the fact that not one firefighter, law enforcement officer, or civilian
was injured in this multi-facets operation,” the chief said. “This
is a true testament to the professionalism, training, and dedication that
the brave men and women who in the face of grave danger, volunteer to
respond and leave their families behind at a moment’s notice, not
knowing whether they will return.”
Fifteen fire departments from Ulster, Sullivan and Orange counties, along
with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ulster County
Sheriff’s Office, State Police in Wawarsing, Ellenville Police,
Ulster County Arson Task Force, Ellenville Water Department, Napanoch
Ladies Auxiliary, and Ellenville Rescue Squad assisted at the scene.
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