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Friday fire displaces family of 11

Shown is the single family home at 213 Meadow St., Johnstown that caught fire early Friday morning. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

JOHNSTOWN — Fire caused smoke damage Friday morning to a Meadow Street home occupied by 11 people, but no injuries were reported.

Fire Chief Bruce Heberer this morning said the blaze broke out at about 6:35 a.m. Friday at a one-family home at 213 Meadow St.

“The cause is still under investigation,” Heberer said.

The fire started on an outside back porch and then extended into the kitchen area and then upstairs to the second floor, the chief said. He said the major damage was smoke damage. He said the home is currently “uninhabitable,” but will be salvageable to live in again in the future.

Heberer said firefighters arriving at the scene found a “heavy flow” of smoke coming from the back of the house. He said all off-duty Johnstown firefighters were called in, and units were assisted by the Gloversville Fire Department. He said firefighters at the scene did a “great extinguish” of the blaze.

“The quick response led to the limited damage,” Heberer said.

Neither firefighters nor occupants sustained injuries, he said.

He said fire investigation teams were due back to the scene today, and would probably have a cause within two or three days.

The Albany-based Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross on Saturday issued a news release indicating that Red Cross volunteers provided immediate emergency aid to 11 people residing at the Meadow Street home. The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to seven adults and four children.

Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items, the release said. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery, the release said.

The release added that the general public can also help by volunteering with the Red Cross and responding to home fires and other disasters in the community. The public can browse current volunteer opportunities now at redcross.org/volunteer.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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