Fire destroys Columbia County home

May 01, 2018 06:06 PM

GHENT - A fire destroyed a home in Ghent on Tuesday. The home on Rigor Hill Road a total loss.

Multiple fire departments responded to the fire late Tuesday morning. Troopers say the call came in at 11:42 to be exact. 

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It's a very rural area. A woman who works at a diner just down the street from the house says DOT workers were the first people to see the smoke and call 911.

The home -- set back from the road on a hill -- was still smoldering hours later.

Police say it appears the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Crews from several departments including Austerlitz, Ghent, Chatham, Niverville and Philmont all responded. 

A staging area was set up in the main road and water was being brought in from surrounding areas. 

According to property records, it was a large home with more than 5,000 square feet. 

There is no word yet on what started the blaze.

NewsChannel 13 was on scene Tuesday afternoon. State police were conducting interviews on site and we are told the investigation is being handled by the New York State Fire Inspection and Columbia County Cause and Origin Team.


Ben Gorenstein

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