Family displaced after fire in St. Johnsville

By JAIME STUDD

Recorder News Staff

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Flames broke out at a village residence Sunday afternoon, leaving one family displaced and causing minor damage to a neighboring home.

According to St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Thomas Malley, firefighters were called to 9 New Street at 1:21 p.m. on Sunday.

Only the second floor of the two-family residence was occupied at the time of the fire, Malley said, and all the occupants were able to escape with no injuries.

The first-floor apartment was vacant.

"By the time we arrived, the fire had vented itself through a second floor window and got into the eaves of the house directly next door to it," Malley said, "but we were able to stop that on the outside of the house. It never got into the second house."

Malley said he had been informed that the displaced family consisted of two adults and four children, but he had not confirmed that as of Monday afternoon.

The family is being assisted by the Red Cross.

The home itself, Malley said, was damaged on all three floors, but the damage was limited to one corner of the residence.

"The house is definitely repairable," said Malley. "The house is definitely not a total loss, but it's not habitable right now."

Malley said the official cause of the fire is "still under investigation," but that it does not appear to be suspicious at this time.

"I'm leaning toward accidental," Malley said.

The St. Johnsville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by both the Fort Plain and Canajoharie volunteer fire departments.