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UPDATE – Raw video & fireground audio: Old mill fire in Cornwall, New York. Watch collapse. Command has difficulty getting firefighters off roof & out of building.

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In Cornwall, New York (Orange County) firefighters are still dealing with a fire at a former mill that came in just before 11:00 this morning. Here are all eight parts from Paul Anderson's video (bmxking1504 on YouTube). The still frames below are from Anderson's video and show the fire's spread. The top one is what it looked like when he arrived and below it is how it appeared at the end of Part 4 (not yet sure of the time interval).

In the audio above the first unit went on the scene with "fire showing all over". At 3:47 Cornwall 1 advises, "This is going to be an exterior attack. Nobody in this building."

At 16:45 the announcement is made again that this is an exterior operation. At 17:20 there are a series of messages from command telling units to get off the roof and indications from command that those orders are not be followed fast enough.

At 27:00 command becomes aware there are other firefighters operating on the interior and again orders everyone out of the building.

At 28:45 command is told that there are eight firefighters operating in the building and the roof is about to collapse. Command orders again that this is a defensive operation and tells units to sound their air horns.

There is a significant collapse at 1:15 on Part 5.

From YNN News:

A 911 call reporting the fire on Mill Street came in shortly before 11 a.m. and firefighters are still working at the site. Part of the building is still on fire, but officials say it is now under control.

The former mill is now being used to house seven businesses, which are now destroyed.


More than 20 businesses — tech companies, food companies, food, furniture and art supply firms — are housed in the former Firth carpet company complex.

150 firefighters from 14 are fire companies are battling the stubborn fire. The flames are working their way through the large series of connected buildings that once housed the Firth mill company of Cornwall.

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  • Legeros

    Here's a guide to the departments and apparatus in Orange County, for those listening to the audio:
    Bing Maps has good Bird's Eye view photos of the structure(s). Wow, what a complex!

  • Fire21


  • http://msn retiredin sc

    Nice , great video work, Would like to see a non-stop video of the fire.  It would be long but a nice one to watch. Keep your heads down guys, later.

  • tom

    Hey Dave< as of 9am 1/16/12 this fire is still burning strong an a 7th alarm was sounded. Hydrants are frozen an a county wide tanker task force was called in.

  • statgreg104

    Building of the size and complex I dont even know where I would start  at with my preplanning if this was in my area

  • Anonymous

    Thank God we moved out of there a couple of years ago!

  • Retired Chief

    I would like to see the Incident Command Structure and the Communications details of this fire. The guys certainly had their hands full from the beginning  and the challenges were many. The troubling thing for me was the number of times that Command had to proclaim that this was a defensive fire, even to his own unit.
    If it burned out and no one was hurt then I can live with that, but I have sympathy for those who lost their livelihood.

  • cappy

    Evac tones.. horns.. get a par done and require acknowledgement from every unit onscene that the fire is defensive!

    • Fire21

      I realize that you wait for orders from command, but how could ANYONE not perceive that as a defensive fire from the outset??

  • http://statter911 Jmccabe

    well done for all there, hamper by 10 degree weather. Huge complex command was Handel very well was there for 15 hours. Fuel had to be delivered by rhino at north end hamper by heavy debris for 4 trucks and 5 engines as draft supply for towers . Exterior attack after 1 hour mayday was sounded.
    John McCabe, past chief Salisbury mills FD

    • Crowbar

      Please tell us more about the MayDay chief.

  • BH

    "Some days, you're just gonna make a parking lot, and there's nothing you can do about it."
    Pretty textbook example right here.  This place was built to burn. 

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  • the dude

    just curious why NY and PA have so many departments and companies in such small cities…tradition from the UK?

  • Crystal W Whitehawk

    Is this the sam Mill that had a major fire in 1969?
    Why could it not be saved?