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The Telegram
  • Kerosene heater possible cause of Dolgeville fire

  • A women and her two dogs were awoken to find their apartment ablaze early Thursday morning.

    Dolgeville Fire Chief Randy Tennant said Thursday afternoon he received a call that there was a structure fire on North Helmer Avenue in the village at 4:37 a.m.

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  • A women and her two dogs were awoken to find their apartment ablaze early Thursday morning.
    Dolgeville Fire Chief Randy Tennant said Thursday afternoon he received a call that there was a structure fire on North Helmer Avenue in the village at 4:37 a.m.
    The call came from the landlord living downstairs in a two apartment house, he said.
    The upstairs and downstairs tenants made it outside safely before firefighters arrived.
    Moments after receiving the call, Tennant said he arrived on scene to find heavy black smoke coming from the back of the house.
    “The first engine arrived on scene and firefighters made a quick entrance to the back of the apartment building and were able to contain the fire to the living room part of the second floor apartment,” he said.
    “Fire crews were able to knock down the fire pretty quickly,” Tennant added.
    At 7:55 a.m. the fire was brought under control.
    Tennant requested mutual aid from the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department who responded with a tanker engine and air pack personnel, as well as the Little Falls Fire Department who arrived on scene with their aerial ladder truck.
    The Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department was requested for standby.
    The fire was contained to the living room on the second floor apartment with no damage on the first floor, but heavy smoke was spread throughout the entire building, said Tennant.
    The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is being investigated by Tennant and the Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department's cause and origin team.
    Although the cause is unknown, Tennant said he has an inclination as to what may have started the fire. “The tenant was sleeping on a mattress on the floor approximately 12 inches away from a kerosene heater,” he said.
    After interviewing the upstairs tenant, Tennant said she told him the fire broke out shortly after she had ruffled her blankets down to get out of bed.
    Tennant said he is leaning toward the kerosene heater as the prime cause of the fire.

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