Fire officials confirm 2 dead in Carlisle fire

January 29, 2017 02:23 AM

CARLISLE -- Schoharie County fire officials confirm at least two people are dead as a result of a house fire in Carlisle on Rt. 20. 

Carlisle firefighters got a call for the fire between 2:30 p.m and 3 p.m. Saturday. 

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About a dozen fire departments responded. Nine departments and up to 90 firefighters were used as manpower to bring water back and forth from the water supply up the road. 

State Police and state fire officials also responded along with mutual aid departments from Montgomery and Schenectady counties.

Schoharie County Deputy Fire Coordinator Greg Baxter said it took about four hours to get the fire under control because of the thickness of the roof. 

"The firemen were having difficulty with ventilating the roof because it had two roofs on it," Baxter said. "It had a metal roof with a shingle roof underneath it. We had to call in two ladder companies just to get the tin off the roof to extinguish the fire. Getting to the seat of the fire gave them the hardest time."

No police or fire officials were injured and the scene is under control.

State fire officials are taking the lead in the investigation. 


Nia Hamm

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