FONDA - A blaze tore through a Park Street neighborhood home in the village Tuesday night, with firefighters working until 4:30 a.m. to put out the fire.
Village Fire Chief Don Wagoner said fire broke out around 8 p.m. Tuesday night at a home on 12 East St. No injuries were reported, and all residents were able to make it out, he said.
The house was considered a total loss, Wagoner said.
Firefighters battle a blaze on East Street in Fonda on Tuesday night.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Ackerbauer
According to Wagoner, the warm weather Tuesday night had an effect on the crews' work. Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Crops had an aid station established to treat crews for heat exhaustion. Machines sprayed a cool mist, and water was handed out to firefighters to keep them hydrated, to prevent heat exhaustion.
The village, which has construction occurring on several of its roads, suffers from traffic congestion during the day.
However, Wagoner said, that was not an issue during the call.
"At night, we are able to get around a lot easier than during the day," Wagoner said. "We would have had better access if we had the railroad crossings open."
Wagoner said that village firefighters were the first to respond, conveniently just finishing water rescue training nearby. As they were packing up, Wagoner said, they received the call as they were ready to get back to the station.
"We were in the vehicles, ready to go," Wagoner said.
Wagoner said he believes the Red Cross will assist the residents of the home.
Fonda and Fultonville fire departments were assisted by Montgomery County Emergency Management Services, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and volunteer fire departments from Mohawk, Glen, Fort Hunter, Fort Johnson and Tribes Hill.