Top Stories 2012: Fire Destroys Kat-Lewisboro Ed Board Trustee's Home

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School Board Trustee Dr. Peter Treyz talks to a firefighter as he watches his South Salem home burn. Photo Credit: Bob Dumas

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Daily Voice is taking a look back on the town’s Top 10 stories of 2012.

On Jan. 3, fire destroyed the Twin Lake Road home of Katonah-Lewisboro School Board Trustee Dr. Peter Treyz.

It was second time in the last 30 years that Treyz lost his home to fire.

“My house burned down in 1981 and we rebuilt from scratch,” said Treyz, a retired orthodontist.

Treyz said he and his wife, along with his granddaughter and her boyfriend, were having lunch at around 1:30 p.m.

“We heard a noise like a bird hitting a window,” he said. “We went upstairs and there was smoke coming out of the bathroom.”

No one was injured in the fire.

While investigators couldn’t determine the exact cause of the blaze, they did determine that it was accidental.

“The origin of the fire was a stackable washer/dryer on the second floor in the bathroom area,” said South Salem Fire Chief Andrew Llewellyn.  “The washer was running at the time of the fire and, while we can’t determine the exact cause, we have determined it was an accidental fire.”

Llewellyn said a total of 60 to 70 firefighters were on scene.  Seven fire departments responded including South Salem, Croton Falls, Vista, Goldens Bridge, Ridgefield, Conn., Bedford Hills, Pound Ridge and Somers.

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