NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Friday night at about 9 p.m. John Steele Gordon was watching TV at his home on Bogtown Road when he smelled wood smoke. "I stuck my head in the basement to check," said Gordon, "then I went into the kitchen to make sure I turned the stove off, and then I looked outside and saw flames coming out the window of the barn across the street."
Gordon called 911. Firefighters came from Croton Falls, Goldens Bridge, South Salem, Bedford Hills, and beyond. It was soon ascertained that the barns tenant, who rented the upstairs apartment, was not at home. Unfortunately, her three dogs were. The bodies of two dogs were later found. The third is still missing.
Volunteer firefighter Peter Van Scoy was driving past the site at about 11:15 on Saturday morning and noticed more smoke emanating from the barn. Apparently the fire had reignited. Emergency services were again called to the scene. Close to two dozen firetrucks arrived.
The struggle to extinguish the fire continued for several hours, as firemen cleared the building of clutter and debris. At least one firefighter was injured in the incident.
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