Propane Fire Destroys Bedford Shed

Firefighters responded to a Bedford propane fire at 1061 Old Post Road.
Firefighters responded to a Bedford propane fire at 1061 Old Post Road.
All that remained of an outbuilding on a Bedford estate Thursday was debris after a propane fire from adjacent tanks. The fire came from three, 300-pound tanks, First Assistant Chief Peter Lazaro told reporters, who also said that the tanks did not explode.

Firefighters responded to the site, at 1061 Old Post Road, at about 9:30 a.m., said Bedford Fire Department Chief Peter Aquilino. While the main body of the fire was knocked down soon after the response, firefighters spent hours on site because they had to wait for flammable vapors to be ventilated. Aquiliano said that waiting was needed for the tanks to completely off gas.

Mutual aid was provided on site by firefighters from Bedford Hills, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Pound Ridge, South Salem and Goldens Bridge, while the Banksville Fire Department was on standby. Lewisboro's Volunteer Ambulance Corps was also available.

None of the other structures on the property, which is located off of a long side road, were damaged. According to Lazaro they included a main house and cottage. The outbuilding was about 12 by 12 feet, Lazaro added.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, Lazaro told reporters, but said that past incidences that involved lightning, which was present in the morning weather, striking a line. A defensive position is kept by firefighters in such situation, Lazaro also said.

The area has no fire hydrants, so five water tankers had to be used, Lazaro told reporters.
Tom Auchterlonie August 22, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Bedford Citizen, the call wasn't just about a shed. It also involved fire from several propane tanks, which is treated as a major issue.
CUTTY August 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM
@Bedford Citizen I guess Your not on the up and up when it comes to fighting fires. Did You realize that this fire was not within A water district. Meaning there are no fire hydrants in the area where the fire was. Each department was there because they had a specialized piece of apparatus that was needed to extinguish the blaze. Bedford Village was there obviously because it was their call. Bedford Hills was there to provide a FAS-Team (a team that is ready incase a FF is trapped or hurt and needs to be removed from an IDLH) as well as a Tanker ( which carries a large amount of water. Katonah, south salem, Goldens Bridge, Pound Ridge were all there with Tankers as well. Mt. Kisco brought an additional Engine with manpower to the scene. And Banksville covered Bedford Villages Fire District incase there was another fire call within the district. Any other questions???
Bedford Citizen August 23, 2013 at 07:16 AM
Cutty, I am not looking for a fight. I will just say that I have been a fireman for 30 years and am entitled to my opinion as are you. IN the old days, a small shed and cooling down propane tanks wasn't a big deal. And I thank you and your comrades for your service to the community, it takes special people to do what you do.
CUTTY August 23, 2013 at 07:42 AM
@Bedford Citizen sorry to come off harsh, many followers of public media sites are quick to comment on things that they have no knowledge on. Every Chief has his own action plan when it comes to a fire in his said district. Mutual aid just has to show up and help get that plan going. I thank you for your 30 years helping the community, and as always look forward to discussing Fireground ops with anyone!! Enjoy your weekend. Cutty
Bedford Citizen August 23, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Cutty, my apologies in offending you. Tried to delete my posts but having no success. Best to you and yours. Also enjoy your weekend.


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