On Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 8:15 p.m., a two-alarm blaze broke out in a top floor apartment in the former site of Countryside Café in the Hamlet of Wallkill. The first alarm was broadcasted at 8:15 p.m. to the Wallkill Fire Department. Firefighters were on-scene and operating at the rear of the building before it spread to the middle of the structure where it was then upgraded to a second alarm structure fire.
At least one firefighter suffered minor injuries. The name of the firefighter has not been released.
At least seven tenants living above the former site of the Café have been displaced. No occupants were injured during the fire, however one dog has been reported deceased.
Over fifty firefighters responded to the scene from the Shawangunk Valley, Walden, Walker Valley, Plattekill, Modena and Coldenham fire companies. Also on-scene were Troopers from the New York State Police and also several officers from the Town of Shawangunk Police. The fire's cause is still under investigation by Ulster County Officials.