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December 29, 2013

Burke home seriously damaged by fire

BURKE — A Depot Street home was seriously damaged by fire Saturday morning.

Dustin Judd, owner of the 2 1/2 story, single-family home at 818 Depot St., reported the fire at 9:44 a.m., according to the Burke Fire Department.

Fire, smoke and water damage was estimated at $50,000 to $70,000, according to a fire department news release. No one was injured.

The fire started in the basement; its cause is still under investigation. It then worked its way up the outer wall and into the attic, according to Burke Fire Chief Gene Nesbitt.

Firefighters battled the blaze in the interior of the house. “It was hot and smokey,” Nesbitt said. Some 5,000 gallons of water were used, with a fire hydrant as the water source. Nesbitt described the procedure as “normal firefighting.”

By 12:38 p.m., the fire was extinguished and the firefighters were able to leave the scene. “Most of the house is secure — it’s still standing,” said Nesbitt.

“That’s a good thing.”

The family was not able to return to their home on Saturday; they are staying with relatives.

Mutual aid was provided by the fire departments of Chateaugay, Constable, Malone, Westville, Churubusco and Ellenburg Depot. Other agencies involved included the Franklin County Fire Police, Border Patrol and county fire investigators. About 70 volunteers were involved in fighting the fire.

No further information was available.

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