Massive Fire in Port Chester Displaces Apartment Building Residents

Around 1:30pm on Sunday a building on in Port Chester, close to the Connecticut line with Byram caught fire.

The fire consumed at the La Dolce Vita Bar & Restaurant at 451 N Main Street and a multi-story apartment building next door.

At least six ladder companies joined the effort to get the fire under control.

Greenwich Fire Dept initially monitored the Greenwich side of the Byram River opposite North Main Street and then actively assisted from the Greenwich side.

Arrival shot: Port Chester Fire Dept via Facebook

On Facebook The Port Chester Fire Dept shared a photo and posted, “This was a arrival shot as the first due units pulled up, which was a minute after dispatch. …Thanks to that hard work of our members and the 12 other departments with us, we were able to safely knock it down.”

Crews used ladder hoses from above and manpower from the ground for a massive effort to prevent the flames from spreading further.

News 12 Westchester reported that residents of the apartment building were displaced and that one firefighter received medical attention after collapsing on scene.

Around dusk North Main Street was still closed to traffic. Side streets were jammed with vehicles from multiple departments, and traffic on Route 1 at the state line was diverted from North Main St back to Rte 1 north or Byram Road.

On Monday Greenwich will swear in the town’s new Fired Dept Chief, Greenwich native Joe McHue, a resident of Port Chester who is currently a Fire Department of the City of New York Battalion Chief.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

Emergency vehicles on North Main Street in Port Chester. Aug 30, 2020 Photo: Leslie Yager
Traffic coming off the rotary at the state line between New York and Connecticut was diverted away from North Main St. Aug 30, 2020 Photo: Leslie Yager
At dusk, view of smoldering building on North Main St in Port Chester from Henry St in Byram. Aug 30, 2020 Photo: Leslie Yager.
Fire Dept vehicles on side streets from N Main St, blocked to through traffic. Aug 30, 2020 Photo: Leslie Yager