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Leeds fire ruled electrical

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    Flames roar through a home on Pine Creek Drive in Leeds. A black pick-up truck can be seen parked close to the burning building.
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    Contributed photo Firefighters survey the damage caused by a fire at 40 Pine Creek Drive in Leeds. The house was described as a total loss. Cause of the fire was ruled electrical.
August 12, 2019 03:11 pm

LEEDS — A fire that destroyed a Pine Creek Drive home was determined to be electrical in origin, fire investigators said Monday.

Firefighters from three companies responded to the fully involved residence late Friday, fearing that reports that the homeowner might be trapped inside were accurate, fire officials said.

“The initial report the neighbors made was that they thought the resident was inside,” Leeds Fire Chief Thomas McCullough said. “With assistance from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and state police, we were able to locate the homeowner.”

The homeowner, whose name has not been disclosed, was found safe and sound. No residents or pets were injured in the fire, McCullough said.

The call came in at about 4:40 p.m. for a home located at 40 Pine Creek Drive. Flames were visible coming from the building and a black pick-up truck was parked close to the home, according to Greene County Emergency Control.

“There is nothing left to it,” McCullough said of the house. “It had started and was evolving for quite some time before the neighbors noticed. By the time we got on scene, it was fully involved.”

The Greene County Fire Investigation Team determined it was an electrical fire, Team Chief Gerry Buckley said.

“It is still under investigation but we believe it started in the Powerbox,” he said.

The Powerbox was located in the living room of the home, Buckley said.

“The fire itself was knocked down within 20 minutes,” McCullough said.

First responders stayed on the scene for about four hours, looking for hot spots while the fire was investigated.

McCullough is in contact with the homeowner to determine if he wants assistance from the Red Cross.

McCullough was unsure how many occupants lived in the home.

Leeds, Cairo and Catskill fire departments responded to the scene. Kiskatom Fire Department was place on stand-by. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office, state police and the Greene County Fire Investigation Team also assisted.