Multiple departments respond to Russia blaze

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TOWN OF RUSSIA — A home on Spall Road sustained major damage from a blaze that started in an upstairs bedroom closet area early Friday.

Remsen and Barneveld fire departments were called in at 2:05 a.m.  Less than a half-hour later, Boonville, Poland, Stittville and Forestport fire companies responded with mutual aid as well.

Remsen Chief Scott Kahl said if it weren’t for the rapid response and assistance from Barneveld at the scene, firefighters may not have been so successful in their attack.

Because access couldn’t be gained through the first floor, “We brought a ladder up to the second floor and initiated an interior attack,” Kahl said.  “We contained the fire to the one bedroom and the upper part of the building.”

The chief said most of the second floor of the home is a total loss, and the first floor sustained smoke and water damage.

Volunteers from the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to two adults and their 7-year-old daughter.

Kahl said it took approximately two hours before the blaze was deemed under control.  

“Our departments worked well together,” the chief said, adding that the house was located on the outskirts of the department’s coverage area.

The fire remains under investigation, but it is believed to be electrical in nature, Kahl said.

The Red Cross provided the residents with health services and financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing.  Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items and stuffed animals for the child. 

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