Family of 10 loses home

The fire rages at 555 Brower Road, Palatine Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Town of Mohawk Fire Department and photographer Cara Curtain)

PALATINE BRIDGE–A local family has been displaced by a fire that broke out at their Brower Road home late Friday night.

Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department Chief Frank Nestle said today the fire at 555 Brower Rd. was called in around 11:30 p.m. Friday night and three quarters of the two-story house was fully involved when crews arrived on the scene.

Nestle said the “balloon” construction style of the 1800s era house, without fire stops between floors, allowed the fire to progress quickly and the structure was a complete loss.

“I had an excavator come in and take the rest of it down so we could finish putting it out, other than that it was just skeleton walls standing,” Nestle said.

Nestle said fire crews cleared the scene around 5:50 a.m., but were called back around 8:30 a.m. for about 45 minutes when the fire rekindled and again around 1:30 p.m. for about an hour to assist contractors putting out hot spots.

The Fort Plain firemen set up a water tank to help fight the fire at 555 Brower Road, Palatine Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Town of Mohawk Fire Department and photographer Cara Curtain)

Nestle said there were two adults and eight children in the home at the time of the fire and all 10 individuals were able to exit the structure, one of the children was staying overnight at the family’s home for a sleepover.

Two of the family members suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment. Nestle said one individual suffered a minor burn and the other injured their ankle while jumping out of a second story window.

The remaining individuals were taken to the hospital for evaluation by relatives in their personal vehicles. Nestle said he spoke to the father yesterday who related that all family members are OK.

There were no injuries to the responding fire crews.

According to Nestle the cause of fire was accidental in nature, but he declined to provide further details saying insurance claims adjusters had yet to visit the site.

The family of 10, with children ranging in age from five to 23, is currently staying with relatives in Saratoga County and the American Red Cross is assisting the family that lost all of their belongings in the fire.

Nestle said firefighters were able to salvage family photo albums from the house while excavating the site trying to put out the fire.

Nestle noted that several individuals have started collections to assist the family in replacing belongings including the Shooting Stars Dance Academy in Fonda, where two of the children take dance lessons.

Canajoharie fire crews were assisted on the scene on Friday by the Town of Mohawk Fire Department, the Fort Plain Fire Department, the Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department and the St. Johnsville Fire Department.

Additional support was provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Canajoharie Police Department, the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Montgomery County Emergency Management Department, the Montgomery County Fire Coordinator and the Montgomery County Cause and Origin Team.

On standby were the Rural Grove Fire Department, the South Blooming Grove Fire Department and the Tribes Hill Fire Department.

Donations of food, clothing and other items to support the family will be accepted at Shooting Stars Dance Academy located at 2623 Route 30A in Fonda on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Additional information including the family members’ clothing sizes can be found on the academy’s Facebook page.

Family clothing needs

Christopher — shoe size 11 youth; size 5 to 6 bottom; size 7 to 8 top

Mary and Emily — shoe size 3 to 3 1/2; size 8 pants, size 10 to 12 tops

BJ — shoe size 4 to 5; pants size 8; shirts size 10 to 12

Peanut — shoe size 7 to 8; pant size 8; tops 10 to 12

Stoski — shoe size 11; large shirts amd 25 to 27 pants

April — shoe size 6; medium shirts and 16 pants

Katie — shoe size 7 to 7 1/2; medium shirts and 16 pants

Mom — pant size 16 womens; women’s extra large shirts

Dad — shoe size 10 1/2; pants 36/38; shirts extra large