On a bitterly cold night, a house in Falling Waters Masthope went up like a torch. A man and woman fled into the frigid air, at around 2 a.m., Saturday.


On a bitterly cold night, a house in Falling Waters Masthope went up like a torch. A man and woman fled into the frigid air, at around 2 a.m., Saturday.
Jim Johanson, Second Assistant Fire Chief for Lackawaxen Fire Department, said that the home was fully engulfed in flame upon arrival. He did not have the identity of the victims, but said there was a man and woman, who escaped safely. The temperature that night dipped below zero, Fahrenheit. He said that the cold was a problem for firefighters, who dealt with valves freezing up.
They had to shuttle water from a hydrant over a mile away.
“The house was a complete loss,” Johanson said. The cause may be linked to a wood stove. The call came in as a structure fire on Blackbird Court.
Lackawaxen and Central Volunteer fire departments had dual response, with mutual aid from Greeley and Forest Volunteer fire departments. Fire companies were on scene between about 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Lackawaxen Fire Department had to return close to 8 a.m., when the fire rekindled.
Lackawaxen Fire Department volunteers were called out twice more that day, for a motor vehicle accident and a fire alarm at Masthope.