Fire displaces 4 in Gloversville

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Smoke pours from a room on the second floor of a house fire at 68 East Blvd. in Gloversville Thursday. Four occupants of the home were displaced, authorities said. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

GLOVERSVILLE — No injuries were reported, but four residents are temporarily displaced as a result of a fire in the city Thursday.

City Fire Department engines responded to the white, two-story single-family home at 68 East Blvd. at 2:24 p.m., Battalion Chief Brandt Minkler said today.

Firefighters had to break windows on the second floor and heavy smoke could be seen billowing out of the west side of the structure toward East Fulton Street

Minkler said the fire was contained to the second floor.

An Ambulance Service of Fulton County unit stood by at the scene, but no injuries were reported to either occupants or firefighters, Minkler said.

Fire Chief Tom Groff said today that the occupants — an elderly woman, her occupational therapist, a young adult and her baby —got out thanks to the therapist. But he said the occupants made a mistake by going to a nearby car and staying in it, not notifying authorities they were out.

Groff said Battalion Chief Mike Putnam and his firefighters combed the house looking for occupants, not knowing they were safe. He said “baby stuff” was found on the first floor.

He said people should always notify fire personnel they are safe.

Groff said the occupants are staying with relatives.

Per a mutual aid Glove Cities agreement, he said the Johnstown Fire Department also responded to what came in through 911 calls as a “structure fire.”

Minkler said fire crews were able to knock down flames fairly quickly, and fire and smoke damage was confined to one room on the second floor.

“Suspension was very quick,” the battalion chief said.

Groff said the fire was out in 20 minutes. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

He said the home is definitely salvageable.

The Gloversville fire was the third structure fire in Fulton and Montgomery counties this week. The wooden United Methodist Church at 11 Montgomery St. in Fultonville was destroyed Tuesday night. Fire also damaged the second floor of a two-story home at 101 Glebe St. in Johnstown Wednesday morning.

By Chad Fleck

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