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Members of the YMCA in the Hudson Valley are now trying to pick up the pieces after one of their main camp buildings burnt down Monday afternoon. The building is part of their Camp Robbins, which hosts thousands of kids a year. YNN's Jessica Chen has the details.
WALDEN, N.Y. -- A charred and burned building is all that remains of YMCA's Smith Lodge. But earlier in the afternoon Monday, Walden firefighters fought through the flames to try and save the building.
Trish Fisher, the CEO of Dutchess Eastern Orange YMCA, says the building sits in the woods and is part of their year-round Camp Robbins. She says more than 2,000 kids use this building a year.
"There was a staff member in it this morning who came for a staff meeting, he left the building locked," Fisher said.
More than 75 firefighters helped put out the flames, but not without a minor setback first, said the fire chief.
"Caused little bit of a delay getting water on the fire, then we had a problem with the roads are so narrow on the main road, we had problems getting the tankers around each other," said Walden Fire Department Chief Jody Doherty.
Fisher says in the end, the building was destroyed. She says dozens of kids were expected to be at the camp site next week. But with it being their only winterized building, she says it's unclear what's going to happen with their camp program the rest of the year.
"We use it for children's programming throughout the year," Fisher said.
Officials say no one was in the building when the fire started, but it's still unclear what sparked it.