Sunday Fire Leaves Two Tuxedo Families Homeless

Posted on 20 April 2015 by Editor

Two homes on Schoolhouse Road next to George F. Baker High School in Tuxedo were gutted in an early Sunday morning fire, leaving two families displaced. The Town of Tuxedo has started a community drive to help both families. Photo courtesy of William A. Sweet

Two homes on Schoolhouse Road next to George F. Baker High School in Tuxedo were gutted in an early Sunday morning fire, leaving two families displaced. The Town of Tuxedo has started a community drive to help both families. / Photo courtesy of William A. Sweet

The Tuxedo mutual aid call went out to the Sloatsburg Fire Department just after 2 a.m. Sunday morning. A house fire on Schoolhouse Road, next to George F. Baker High School, had spread next door to a neighbor’s property and soon enough fire departments from the surrounding communities were on the call. The Sloatsburg Ambulance Corps also responded to the emergency.

Some 100 first responders came to the aid of Tuxedo Sunday night during a four-alarm fire that saw two homes gutted. / Photo courtesy of William A. Sweet

Some 100 first responders came to the aid of Tuxedo Sunday night during a four-alarm fire that saw two homes sustain major damage and two families lose all their belongings. / Photo courtesy of William A. Sweet

Tuxedo Fire Chief Stefan Christian told the Times Herald-Record that the cause of the fire is under investigation but was most likely an accident of some sort — no one from either house suffered injuries during the fire but the sudden blaze destroyed all the belongings of the residents, from family mementos to clothes to food and most all material possessions.

The two houses stand along a drive of similar homes next door to the high school, with the popular school playground and field directly across the street. Both house fires were contained by crews in the early morning hours of Sunday although the two Tuxedo families were left homeless.

House along Schoolhouse Drive in Tuxedo that caught fire after a fire from a late-night fire at a neighboring house. / Photo courtesy of Wiliam A. Sweet

House along Schoolhouse Drive in Tuxedo that caught fire after a late-night fire at a neighboring house spread. / Photo courtesy of William A. Sweet

By Sunday morning Tuxedo neighbors had already contributed to a collection drive to help the two families. William Sweet, president of the Tuxedo Chamber of Commerce and partner in Stevens/Sweet financial planning and services, reported a Town of Tuxedo drive underway to help the families, whose members include school-age children, military veterans and seniors.

Shari Brooks, who heads up the Tuxedo Department of Recreation, called the immediate community response “Tuxedo at its best.”

Donations of household items and clothing are being accepted at the American Legion at 16 Orange Turnpike in Southfields, while gift cards and checks should be dropped off at the Tuxedo Police Department at 1075 Route 17. Anyone with questions may call Shari Brooks, secretary to town Supervisor Mike Rost, at 351-2265.

 

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. William Sweet Says:

    Thank you for helping get the word out

  2. Editor Says:

    Much appreciation. Keep up the good work on all fronts.

    For those interested, a GoFund page has been set up to support two Tuxedo families left homeless after the recent fire.

    GOFUNDME.COM
    http://www.gofundme.com/se6e2pg

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