Home a total loss, two dogs perish in blaze

OPPENHEIM — Two dogs died in a structure fire on Friday and the home to be a total loss.

Hilltop Volunteer Fire Company and Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at 6:07 p.m., at 106 Allen Road, that was reported by homeowners Rebecca Cheney and Michael Cheney.

“Upon arrival there was heavy fire from the right hand side of the structure. It was spreading quickly through the ceiling area,” said Fulton County Fire Coordinator Steve Santa Maria.

He said the homeowners were home at the time of the fire, but made it out of the home without injuries.

“Unfortunately two dogs perished in the fire,” Santa Maria said.

The home, which was a single story, double wide manufactured home is a total loss.

Santa Maria the fire is believed to have started in the kitchen area. The Fulton County Fire Investigation team was called to the scene.

“They’re pretty confident in their area of origin which places it in the kitchen, however there’s a few things they can’t rule out that may have been the cause,” Santa Maria said. “They’re still working on that.”

Therefore, the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Also responding to the scene of the fire as mutual aid was Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company, St. Johnsville Fire Department, Dolgeville Fire Department, with Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department and Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department on stand by at their stations.

Also at the scene were St. Johnsville Ambulance, Fulton County Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator Bruce Heberer, EMS and members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

“All agencies working together brought to a successful outcome as could be expected under conditions of a heavy fire upon arrival spreading quickly above the ceiling area,” Santa Maria said. “The guys did a really great job.”

He said they were able to get the investigation team there in a timely manner under the direction of Heberer.

“All agencies worked really well and very hard together to bring it to the best conclusion possible,” Santa Maria said.

The Red Cross is presently helping the couple.

By Patricia Older