Blaze causes heavy damage to Perth home

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Fire crews work to extinguish a fire at home in Perth on Monday. Several units responded to the scene of the fire including Perth Volunteer Fire Department, Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department, Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company, Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department, Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps. and members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

PERTH — Heavy smoke was visible at a house fire in the town on Monday afternoon in which the fire caused a lot of damage to the home, according to officials.

Fulton County Fire Coordinator Steve Santa Maria said a neighbor called in a house fire at 140 McKay Road at approximately 12:14 p.m.

Perth Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of the fire under the direction of Assistant Chief Scott Friedlander.

“Upon arrival, it was confirmed it was in fact a working fire and assured everyone was out of the building,” Santa Maria said. “Upon arrival the guys did an interior attack on the fire, knocked down the body of the fire quickly and then after that there was quite a bit of overall work that needed to be done, checking for extension and what not.”

The single family home which has additions onto the home sustained “quite a bit of damage,” Santa Maria said. He said they are not sure if it salvageable or not.

The home is owned by Rachel Vickors. She was not home at the time of the fire, and Santa Maria said there were no injuries.

Santa Maria said the cause of the fire still remains under investigation and the origin is unknown at this time as well.

Investigating the fire is Fulton County Fire Investigation Team and New York state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

Several agencies responded to the fire including Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company, Berkshire Fire District, Mayfield Fire Department, Fort Johnson Volunteer Fire Company, Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department, members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

By Patricia Older