Fire destroys house on Dolson Road in Monsey

Firefighters had to battle raging flames as well as the elements in Monsey. (1/7/14)

MONSEY - Firefighters battled the wind and the tremendous cold as they put out a raging blaze in Rockland County this afternoon.

Fire officials say flames broke out at a single-family home at 35 Dolson Road in Monsey just before 11:30 a.m. today.

The flames were so intense that firefighters, who initially were able to fight the fire by going inside, were forced back out. Water was then poured on top of the house from above. Crews also were hampered by frozen water valves.

A woman, her two kids, mother-in-law and housekeeper were able to safely escape the fire after smoke alarms went off.

Officials say the fire began in a second-floor bedroom. No injuries have been reported.

Investigators say the fire may have been caused by a halogen light that fell over.

For extended Chopper 12 footage over the house fire, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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