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Blaze destroys Coxsackie home

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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media First responders from several local fire companies answered the call Saturday.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media Firefighters work to put out a blaze that consumed a Coxsackie home this weekend.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media The home sustained major damage from Saturday's fire.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media Despite a major structure fire, everyone in the home was able to get out safely, including the family pets.
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    Carly Miller/Columbia-Greene Media Cooperstown friends Naomi Testa, Taylor Keane and Scott Segit, leaving Taste of Country this weekend.
June 10, 2018 09:34 pm

COXSACKIE — A raging fire destroyed a Coxsackie home Saturday afternoon, leaving a family of four — and their pets — without shelter.

The blaze ripped through the right side of a home at 86 Riverside Ave. on Saturday afternoon, June 9, said Coxsackie Fire Chief Shawn Burdick. Firefighters from the Coxsackie Fire Department rushed to the scene after the call came in around 3:35 p.m. to find flames bursting through the front window.

The family of four living in the home, including two adults, two children and one dog, were already out of the house, Burdick said, adding that firefighters rescued the fish.

About 50 firefighters controlled the blaze within one hour, Burdick said, with crews from New Baltimore, Athens, West Athens, Earlton, and Medway-Grapeville providing mutual aid.

The blaze destroyed the home, leaving the right side charred.

Though the family emerged unharmed, one firefighter was sent to the hospital with heat exhaustion, Burdick said. The injured firefighter was released from the hospital Saturday.

The family, now unable to return to their home, has family that lives in the area, Burdick said.

Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross gave money for shelter, food and clothing to the adults and two children, ages 6 and 7, according to a statement from the American Red Cross Eastern New York.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Greene County Cause and Origin team, Burdick said Sunday. The identity of the family members has not been released.