Fire damages Gloversville home

Gloversville Fire Department work to extinguish a fire at 16 Chestnut St., Tuesday night. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

GLOVERSVILLE — A structure fire in a two-family home on Chestnut Street on Tuesday has temporarily displaced seven residents, but the dwelling will be salvageable following a quick stop by fire crews.

The Gloversville and Johnstown Fire Departments were dispatched to a structure fire at 16 Chestnut St. on Tuesday at 8:56 p.m. discovering a fire in the second floor apartment and porch on arrival, according to a press release.

Fire crews stretched handlines into the second floor apartment and rear of the building to extinguish the main body of the fire. The fire also extended into a small portion of the attic, but firefighters were able to limit the damage.

The fire was brought under control within about 45 minutes, with Gloversville and Johnstown each summoning one additional shift to assist in battling the fire and covering stations.

The four adults and three children occupying the building’s two apartments were able to safely exit the home. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire to occupants or responding firefighters.

Damage to the building was limited, with the second floor sustaining fire, smoke and water damage, while the first floor suffered only water damage.

“The firefighters made a really good stop in the upper apartment and kept damage to the outside porch and a couple of rooms. It is definitely salvageable,” Gloversville Fire Chief Thomas Groff said today.

Groff added that occupants of the home are temporarily staying with friends and relatives as the building is not currently liveable.

Investigators from the Gloversville and Johnstown Fire Departments remained on the scene Tuesday after the fire was extinguished to investigate the origin of the fire. Groff said the cause of the fire had not been determined as of this morning.

Fire crews were assisted on the scene Tuesday by the Fulton County Fire Coordinator’s Office, the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Gloversville Police Department who provided traffic and crowd control.