Four displaced from home as family flees blaze in Forestport


TOWN OF FORESTPORT — Four people were displaced from their home, and at least one was hospitalized, following a fire on Woodhull Road early Wednesday morning.

First Assistant Fire Chief Kody Smith said two adults and two children in the Chase family escaped the home after the fire was discovered and 9-1-1 was called at 6:37 a.m. Five volunteer departments responded to the fire at 12005 Woodhull Road.

“They said they saw the fire and got out. By the time we got there, it was fully involved,” Smith explained.

The initial response was hampered by a lack of access to a good water supply. Smith said they use dry hydrants, and one of the potential hydrants was blocked by a snow bank.

When they found a different fill site, he said the connection to the engine froze in the cold temperatures, so another truck had to be sent to the fill site.

“We had enough tankers on the scene to initially knock the fire down,” Smith explained.

The lack of easy water was more of a problem once the fire was out and the clean up began.

The chief said the fire was knocked down within an hour. Because of the old building construction, he said the home held the heat inside, so crews stuck to a “surround and down” technique from the outside.

“It was hard to get the fire extinguished because of the heavy timber” used in the construction, Smith stated.

Smith said three of the family members suffered smoke inhalation, and at least one of them was hospitalized. No firefighters were injured.

Crews remained on the scene until about 1 p.m. dousing hot spots and cleaning up. The chief said an excavator had to be brought to the scene to tear through the rest of the property. The house is a total loss.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, he stated.

The Chases are staying with other family members, and they are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The Forestport, Woodgate, Otter Lake, Stittville and Remsen fire departments responded.


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