A fire that destroyed dozens of condos in Warren was still smoldering Monday night. A burned out shell is what remains of more than 30 condos at the Mountainside complex. Fire officials say keeping the damage from spreading any further continues to be a challenge.
It was a massive blaze that ripped through the Mountainside Condo Complex in Warren early Monday morning.
"Our unit was pretty much full of smoke," said Marie Freeman, a Mountainside condo owner.
Freeman says it was around 1 a.m. when her son's dog woke her family up to the fire.
"You know you smell it and you think it's the downdraft in the fireplace, but it was coming up behind our sofa. The smoke was so we just said 'evacuate,' and started pounding on doors and got everybody out of the building," said Freeman.
Fire crews say everyone at the complex near Sugarbush Village got out safely, but at least 36 units were destroyed. Six departments battled the blaze that continued to cause problems Monday night.
"A couple of units did get going again so we just went back and it got revisited, dumped another thousand gallons of water on it. So it's out for now and it may re-ignite," said Warren Fire Chief Peter DeFreest.
DeFreest plans to have someone on site through Tuesday morning in case hot spots reignite with the fire that put a major strain on resources.
"We took water out of Sugarbush, the main Sugarbush hydrant system, which is also the domestic water for the Sugarbush water service. And we were probably good for about two hours we figured -- and we pushed it to four, five, and then we had to switch," said DeFreest.
DeFreest says putting out the fire meant pulling water from Sugarbush reserves intended for making snow. He says the department is not worried about running out of water, but says residents in town may be without water or have low pressure for a little while.
Investigators say the fire was likely an accident caused by a fireplace in one of the units. Early estimates of the damage are around $2 million.
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