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No Injuries Reported in Ossining House Fire

OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining Fire Department officials reported that no one was hurt in the house fire that began around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at 20 Edward St. in Ossining.

The two-family home was vacant during the time of the blaze, fire officials said, but two workers were finishing work on a renovation project when they saw smoke coming out of the roof.  Officials from Park Elementary School, which is across the street from the home, called emergency responders.  Roughly 50 onlookers watched the blaze for about two hours as firefighters worked to put it out.

“We were inside fixing the windows,” said worker Miguel Depan, who was “putting in caulking and then I see smoke coming up from the outside wall.  It was all coming from the roof but we didn’t know why.”

Depan added that he had been in the attic earlier in the day but “did not see anything” that could’ve caused a fire.

Homeowner Hepburn Pitt said Tuesday he couldn’t estimate how much damage was caused by the fire.  Pitt confirmed that the home was vacant and the construction workers were the only two on the property at the time of the fire.

“We were doing work on it to get it ready for two families,” Pitt said in front of the home Tuesday. “I don’t know what we’re going to do now.”

Leroy Gooden, who lives next door at 21 Edward St., said he and his children were home at the time of the fire.

“One of my kids looked through the window and said, ‘Daddy, daddy there’s a fire,’” Gooden said. “So I grabbed them and we got outside because we didn’t know where it was.”

Gooden said he and his family exited their home and saw trucks with the Ossining Fire Department pulling up to the house next door.

A representative with the Ossining Fire Department said the fire is under investigation and officials have not determined a cause. About 60 firefighters from Briarcliff Manor, Sleepy Hollow, Yorktown, Millwood and Croton assisted the Ossining Fire Department in putting out the blaze.

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