GALLATIN — Two people will be staying with family members after fire destroyed their home Saturday, Taghkanic Fire Chief Bill Hilscher said.

The husband and wife and their pet dog were able to get out of the home safely, Hilscher said.

At about 4:45 p.m., Columbia County 911 sent Taghkanic Fire Company to 23 East Pond Lily Road in Gallatin after receiving reports that a house was on fire.

When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, they reported the fire was burning out of control in the center of the house, and immediately requested mutual-aid assistance from neighboring fire companies.

“Flames were shooting through the roof,” Hilscher said.

Two sites were established to fill tankers at ponds in the area. One site was on East Pond Lily Road and the other was on West Pond Lily Road.

The fire spread quickly throughout the one-story home, Hilscher said.

National Grid was requested to the scene to disconnect power.

East Pond Lily Road was closed to traffic while crews worked.

Firefighting apparatus lined the road due to limited access for the trucks on the property.

The home is being called a total loss. Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to other structures on the property, Hilscher said.

The couple will be staying with family. They were provided with gift cards from the Columbia County Fire Chief’s Association Burned Out Victim’s Fund, Hilscher said.

No injuries were reported, Hilscher said.

The cause of the fire in being investigated by the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team, but is believed to have been accidental, Hilscher said.

Fire companies who assisted Taghkanic in fighting the blaze were: Ancram, Livingston and Milan.

Also assisting at the scene were: Northern Dutchess Paramedics, state police and the Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office.

All firefighters were back in service at 10:52 p.m.

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