Fire displaces 10

State and Gloversville fire investigators on Tuesday probe the aftermath of a fire that destroyed this 213 S. Main St., Gloversville, home early Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

GLOVERSVILLE — No injuries were reported, but 10 residents were displaced when a two-story South Main Street home went up in flames early Monday.

The Gloversville Fire Department was lead agency for the structure fire, which hit the 213 S. Main St. wood frame, three-family dwelling at about 1:14 a.m. Monday.

Ten people in two apartments were home at the time of the fire — three lived downstairs and seven upstairs. All are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

“Everyone got out safely,” Gloversville Fire Chief Thomas Groff related Tuesday.

Groff told the Common Council Tuesday night that the cause was an electrical “issue” in the structure, and that the building will be demolished Thursday in an emergency situation.

“The building was probably questionable before the fire,” Groff said.

The chief said the cost to the city will probably be between $1,800 to $2,000 for air monitoring.

A city fire department release said that upon arrival, members of the First Battalion found the rear of the home well involved in fire and the possibility of people still trapped inside. The fire was extending in the first-floor apartment and rear stairwell and eventually extended into the second-floor rear apartment and attic, the release said.

Firefighter Zach Angus of Gloversville and Capt. Brian Miller of Johnstown conducted a primary search of the second floor for occupants, while Capt. Joe Gillis and Firefighter Brandon Paul attempted to knock down the main body of fire in the rear of the building, the release said.

“It was a little stubborn,” Groff said of the battle to contain the fire.

Members of Gloversville and Johnstown brought the fire under control in about an hour and continued salvage and overhaul to extinguish remaining fire. Members of the Gloversville Second and Fourth Battalions were also called to assist. Departments were back in quarters at about 5:15 a.m. Monday.

State and local fire investigators were at the scene Tuesday sifting through damage.

Fire damage was extensive in the first and second floor rear of the building, as well as the attic area. The rear stairwell, first floor kitchen and second floor rear apartment of the fire address were extensively damaged, the release said.

The three-family home is owned by Mohammed Alikhan of Gloversville. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The cause is of the fire is under investigation by Gloversville Fire Department Fire Investigators, the Gloversville Police Department and the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

The Gloversville Police Department, Fulton County Fire Coordinator’s Office and GAVAC assisted at the scene.

By Patricia Older