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2 hospitalized as family loses house, pets in fire

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    A fire ripped through a home in New Baltimore early Monday morning.
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    Firefighters from the Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Corporation on the scene early Monday.
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    The blaze at 175 Roberts Hill Rd. sent two to the hospital and led to the deaths of two family pets.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media Firefighters on the scene of the early morning fire Monday.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media The home was destroyed in the blaze. It was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.
August 6, 2018 10:10 pm

NEW BALTIMORE — Two adults were sent to the hospital and two family pets perished after a fire that destroyed their home early Monday.

The New Baltimore Fire Department responded to a fire at a multiple-story renovated farmhouse at 175 Roberts Hill Road at about 1:45 a.m. where a family of seven lived, New Baltimore Fire Chief John Wallace said.

Everyone in the house escaped the blaze, but the parents were brought to Albany Medical Center for smoke inhalation, Wallace said, adding one of the parents was treated for minor burns.

The family lost two pets, one cat and one dog, in the fire, the chief said.

The house was fully engulfed in flames when fire fighters arrived, forcing the New Baltimore Fire Department to call for mutual aid while fighting the flames.

“Due to the humidity level last night, we cycled people in and out,” Wallace said.

No fire fighters were injured during the fire, Wallace said.

The house was not in a location with readily available hydrants, so the department drew water from a pond about a half-mile from the house.

The parents were treated by the Ravena Rescue Squad and Greene County paramedics, Wallace said. Ravena Rescue Squad brought the parents to Albany Medical Center in ambulances.

The structure of the building was standing Monday, but the house was mainly gutted, Wallace said.

“We notified the Red Cross through Greene County and they have been in touch with the family,” Wallace said.

The fire remains under investigation by the Greene County Fire Investigation Team.