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Fire tears through home
Reason behind fast-moving blaze unknown
By: Steven Cook, Gazette Reporter
A fast-moving fire claimed a Glenville home Wednesday, gutting it and causing much of its roof to collapse.
No one was injured, and a dog outside in the yard was ushered away to safety by a neighbor.
Firefighters were called to 54 Paradowski Road at about 10:45 a.m. for a fire with flames visible.
They arrived to find the house engulfed, with flames coming from the roof, East Glenville Fire Chief Arnold Briscoe said.
"We did everything we could," Briscoe said, standing in the cold in front of the home. "But it was never an interior attack. It was always exterior. At the point the guys got here, there was too much fire inside."
Wednesday's chilly temperatures affected the operation some, he said. They tried to make sure the firefighters were rotated in and out and were warmed up properly.
Two trees in the front yard were covered in ice from the spray. Fire trucks were fed by a hydrant located directly in front of the house. The burnt Hills, Thomas Corners and Aplaus fire departments assisted.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation, Briscoe said late Wednesday afternoon. Due to the roof collapse, investigators were having trouble even determining the layout of the house, he said. But the fire is believed to have started in the center.
The home's owner was identified as Kevin Warren.
Neighbor Michelle Brooksby was in her kitchen Wednesday morning when she saw smoke rolling past the window.
"I looked outside and saw my neighbor's house in flames," she said. She called emergency dispatchers, who had already sent fire trucks to the scene.
It was another neighbor, she said, who ushered the dog to safety.
The dog, which she described as a boxer named Zorn, had some type of shock collar tied to an electronic fence.
"He didn't want to leave," she said. "So they grabbed him and took him off."
Glenville home goes up in smoke
By: Capital News 9 Web Team Staff
Neighbors said it was devastating to watch when the house at 53 Paradowski Road in Glenville caught fire Wednesday afternoon. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, flames were shooting out of the roof.
"It seemed to be coming mostly from the attic area. First floor was clear other than minor smoke condition. Upon arrival, we went to an exterior attack for the safety of the firefighters,” East Glenville Fire Chief Arnold Briscoe said.
No one was home at the time of the fire, and no major injuries were reported. A firefighter was taken to the hospital for stress caused from fighting the fire.
Also, a fund has been set up for the family, and starting in the morning, donations can be made at any Trustco bank. Just make them out to the Warren Family Fire Fund.
Coach, family lose home in fire
Blaze strikes week after Kevin Warren of Glenville wins national award for work with youth teams
By DANIELLE FURFARO, Staff writer First published: Thursday, February 1, 2007
GLENVILLE -- One week after being tapped for a national coaching award, Kevin Warren is without a home.
The 33-year-old town resident's house on Paradowski Road went up in flames early Wednesday, displacing him and his family.
"Our house is demolished," said Warren, a married father of four.
He was at Jiffy Lube at 11 a.m. when a neighbor called to tell him about the house, he said. None of his family was hurt.
Warren spoke just a week to the day after the Positive Coaching Alliance picked him for a Double-Goal Coach Award for teaching life lessons and offering positive feedback through coaching. Warren has coached Burnt Hills Pop Warner Mitey-Mite and Junior Spartan Wrestling among numerous teams.
When firefighters arrived sometime after 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, flames were shooting from the main roof and from an extension at the back of the house, said East Glenville Fire Chief Arnold Briscoe.
"We went immediately to an exterior attack," he said. "We weren't able to make an interior attack due to the failure of the roof and the heavy fire load."
Only the family dog was home when the fire started. Neighbors rescued the dog before emergency crews arrived, Briscoe said.
It took an hour and five fire companies to douse the blaze. The companies were East Glenville, Burnt Hills, Ballston Lake, Thomas Corners and Alplaus. Another five companies remained on standby to cover additional calls.
One firefighter who collapsed from exhaustion was taken to Ellis Hospital, and is expected to be fine.
Fire officials have not yet determined a cause for the blaze, but they do not believe that it is suspicious.