Fire destroys gym – Mid Hudson News

WESTFALL TOWNSHIP, PA – Amica CrossFit, located in Westfall Township, PA, was destroyed when heavy flames engulfed the structure shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, June 29. Departments across the Delaware River in Sullivan and Orange counties assisted with firefighting operations.

Mutual aid was requested with an initial commercial alarm box dispatch and multiple calls reporting flames and very thick black smoke at the fitness gym at 1005 Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to Westfall Fire Department Chief Fred Jacobs, their 39-1 engine arrived on scene less than two minutes after dispatch and reported a rapidly progressing fire. A supply line was immediately laid from a nearby fire hydrant and fire suppression began with two main streams used to put out most of the fire in approximately 10-15 minutes. Several other departments and units quickly arrived and assisted in the extinguishment and overhaul of the fires.

Jacobs credited units working together on both sides of the Pennsylvania and New York sides of the Delaware River for quickly extinguishing the fire and completing the overhaul process, all within about two hours.

Jacobs reported 10 fire engines from six departments at the scene. These were Westfall, Milford, Dingman Township, Matamoras (PA) Fire Departments, and Port Jervis and Sparrowbush (NY) Fire Departments. The Lumberland and Shohola Fire Departments remained on standby at the Westfall Fire Station. The Eastern Pike Regional Police Service also responded to the scene.

Jacobs noted that, like all fires in Westfall Township, the blaze is being investigated by local and state officials, including Pennsylvania State Police and a fire marshal.

The cause was not immediately reported.

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