Photo courtesy of Edward Walega Amsterdam Fire Department sprays down a house on Arnold Avenue, which had been engulfed in flames on Saturday.

By JOHN PURCELL

Recorder News Staff

The Amsterdam Fire Department is investigating the cause of Saturday’s fire that destroyed an Arnold Avenue home and displaced four individuals.

Volunteers from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross responded after the fire to provide emergency financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing.

Amsterdam Fire Chief Michael Whitty said all occupants are reportedly staying with family members.

The fire department responded to 68 Arnold Ave. at approximately 4:50 a.m. Saturday to find the rear of the home fully involved.

Whitty said firefighters attempted to extinguish the blaze from the front interior of the home, but firefighters had to exit the building when the fire became too great. Firefighters then shifted to a defensive approach and contained the fire, and the flames were eventually extinguished.

Whitty said the fire had spread up to the second floor and attic before the department arrived at the scene.

“There was a lot of fire when they first pulled up,” Whitty said. “It’s not going to be salvageable.”

There were three occupants inside the home when it ignited, two people on the first floor and a person on the second floor but everyone exited the home safely and there were no injuries reported, Whitty said.

Another home located to the east, approximately 12 feet from the engulfed structure, did not sustain any damage from the blaze. There were several vehicles parked in a driveway on the west side of the home, which were reportedly not damaged.

Other fire departments were standing by on mutual aid support, but Whitty said they were not needed.