Halfmoon house a total loss following blaze

April 02, 2017 06:17 PM

HALFMOON -- The house at 57 Werner Road was gutted following an early Sunday fire and is considered a total loss.

Firefighters say they arrived 10 minutes after the call came in around 2 a.m. They say there was no way to save the house.

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“It was already far gone by the time we got there,” said Chief Art Hunsinger of the Clifton Park Halfmoon Fire Dept. “The fire had come through the roof, but the roof already started to collapse back in part of the house.”

The fire chief says luckily the man's daughter was not home when the fire started. She was at a friends house. The man was just here with his dog.

The man was able to get out safely, but firefighters say he went back in after his dog.

"When state police arrived, he went back in looking for his dog," Hunsinger said. "They pulled him back out. He wound up being treated for smoke inhalation and then eventually transferred to Albany Med. Now he's been transferred to the Westchester Burn Unit for inhalation burns basically from the smoke."

After a final sweep of the property, firefighters didn't find the dog. They're hoping he ran off into the woods behind.

Preliminary findings by investigators pointed towards an electrical cause.

Four other departments had to be called in and the fire was under control within 45 minutes. The house next door had some melted siding, but that was it.

This was the third major fire for the Clifton Park Halfmoon Fire Department in the last six weeks.


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