Third large fire in one week burns in Shandaken

Above: Firefighters respond to a fire near Phoenicia Thursday, Feb. 19. Photo by Sara Loughlin.

A structure in the Ulster County town of Shandaken is on fire on Thursday, Feb. 19, according to eyewitnesses. 

A neighbor down the street reports that a large number of first responders began fighting a fire on Old Route 28 in Shandaken, just outside the hamlet of Phoenicia off Route 28, beginning around 5 p.m.

A passerby reported seeing a large column of smoke rising from a residential structure around that time. Scanner traffic indicates that a large number of Ulster County fire departments have been mustered to fight the blaze. 

The fire occurred in a metal trailer in Woodland Valley, and appeared to be under control by 7 p.m. Jay Braman at the Daily Freeman has more photos. 

This is the third large fire to burn in or near the hamlet of Phoenicia in one week. A house on West Street caught fire on Friday, Feb. 13, and the Key Bank Building on Main Street burned on Monday, Feb. 16. 

Below: Another photo of the fire on Old Route 28 on Feb. 19, 2015. Photo by Sara Loughlin.