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Fire Rips Through Somers Carport, Injures Contractor

A fire gutted part of a carport in Heritage Hills, causing a roof collapse. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A fire gutted part of a carport in Heritage Hills on Thursday. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Two vehicles were damaged in the blaze. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

SOMERS, N.Y. -- A carport in Somers' Heritage Hills condo complex was severely damaged by a fire on Thursday afternoon.

The blaze gutted one side of the carport, resulting in a roof collapse. Two vehicles parked inside, a Subaru and a Mercedes, were also damaged.

A contractor who had been operating a machine near the building was injured from smoke inhalation, according to Somers Fire Chief George Wahler. The chief added that the contractor was taken to Northern Westchester Hospital.

It is unclear as to what the contractor was doing. A backhoe was spotted next to the carport, as was what appeared to have been a recent excavation.

The fire department's dispatch, which came at 3:16 p.m., was initially for a car fire, Wahler explained. However, when firefighters arrived on scene they discovered that the carport was on fire.

The carport is located in the 381 to 386 housing cluster, which is part of the large complex's West Hill section.

Wahler recalled that the fire was put out quickly.

“We did a very quick, fast knockdown," he said.

The chief also noted mutual aid from fellow fire departments. They included Croton Falls, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Bedford Hills, Yorktown Heights, Mahopac and Mahopac Falls, along with Millwood on standby.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Wahler. The fire chief also explained that condos nearby are safe to occupy.

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