Fire destroys Jewish summer camp near Monticello

Above: The Monticello Fire Department's assistant fire chief talks to a Times Herald-Record reporter about a fire that burned bunkhouses and bungalows at Camp Shira, a Jewish summer camp near the Sullivan County village of Monticello on Monday, Oct. 6.

Much of Camp Shira, a Jewish summer camp in a rural Sullivan County community dotted with camps and bungalow colonies, was destroyed by a fast-moving fire on Monday, Oct. 6, according to the Times Herald-Record and other news outlets.

Camp Shira, located the community of Sackett Lake, operated as Camp Ta-Go-La in the 1950s and 1960s.

The fire began on Monday night, according to the THR, JP Updates, and the Yeshiva World News, and quickly consumed over a dozen buildings before being subdued by over 100 firefighters who worked all night to put it out.

A caretaker was at the camp at the time of the fire, and was uninjured, according to the THR. In an interview with a THR reporter, Monticello's Assistant Fire Chief, A.J. Washington, said that the camp is only occupied in the summer.

Below: A video tour of the camp's campus in 2007, shot by Richard Weissman, an alumnus of Camp Ta-Go-La.