Home a total loss following Amsterdam fire

January 25, 2018 12:17 PM

AMSTERDAM – An elderly woman clutching her cat escaped into below-zero wind chill temperatures Thursday morning. While awake in her chair at 3 a.m., she discovered her Truax Rd. house on fire.

"Thankfully she was uninjured, no injures for firefighters,” said Jeff Smith, Dir. of Montgomery County Emergency Services. “Unfortunately her home is a total loss.”

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Cranesville Fire Dept. was first to get the call and was quickly backed up by five other volunteer companies including Fort Johnson, Hagaman, Tribes Hill, Galway and West Glenville, Smith said.

Volunteers from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross offered immediate emergency aid to the woman. Her age was not provided.

Water had to be trucked in from the city of Amsterdam. That delay, plus high winds, made for tough conditions on the hill just east of the city, Smith said. A passerby on his way to work called 911.

"That was part of the struggle,” Smith said during a live interview early Thursday on NewsChannel13 Today. “It took her a little while till somebody came by to assist to call it in. That's why the fire had such a head start."

There's no word on how the fire started.


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