KINDERHOOK — Two Kinderhook residents lost their home Tuesday after an early-morning fire.
Emergency personnel responded to a fully involved house fire at 66 Knollwood Drive at about 1:30 a.m.
Two adults, a man and his son, were home at the time and safely escaped the blaze, according to a statement from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
“Upon arrival, the fire was fully involved through the center of the house and over the roof of the garage,” Niverville Fire Department 1st Assistant Chief Wayne Huyck said. “The fire was too big for us to send someone inside the house. So we went on the defensive and used ladder trucks to put the fire out.”
Despite slippery conditions caused by ice on the ground, snow and water pumped to the scene from Valatie and just outside the village no fire fighters were injured.
After the fire was under control, the department used a excavator to put out any hot spots. The house was ruled a total loss.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, Huyck said.
Volunteers from the Red Cross chapter reported to the scene of the fire and provided the residents with emergency aid, including financial assistance for shelter, food and clothing. Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing hygiene products.
“The victims do not usually have those when they escape the fire and the first step to recovery is get the scent of the fire off of them,” said Kelly Formoso, executive director of the American Red Cross of the Eastern New York Region. “We also provide assistance in purchasing clothing, which is important. This time of year people need seasonal clothes.”
Formoso reminded people to check their fire alarms and be prepared for tragedies such as these. The Red Cross offers free smoke
alarm installations for people’s homes through its Home Fire Campaign. To learn more about the program, call (845) 249-4228.
Niverville was the lead agency on the scene and was supported by Valatie and Kinderhook fire departments. Firefighters had the fire under control by around 3:30 a.m., Huyck said.