DAVENPORT – Two children were killed and one adult hospitalized with burn injuries after a house fire in in the Town of Davenport.
According to a news release, State Police responded to a Delaware County 911 call at 1:46 a.m. reporting a structure fire at 435 Dehning Road. The fire was extinguished by Davenport Fire Dept., Pindars Corners Fire Dept., Hobart Fire Dept., and Kortright Fire Dept, but an investigation determined that two children died in the fire, and one adult victim was taken to Upstate Medical in Syracuse for burn injuries.
According to District Attorney John Muehl, state police arrested a young man on Saturday, July 8, for allegedly setting fires to several storage units in that town. During the investigation, police allegedly discovered evidence linking him to the church fire, and he was arrested.
Muehl said the suspect’s name and charges would be forthcoming from state police.
The fire was originally believed to have been an accident due to faulty electrical wiring.
HARTWICK – The former sawmill at the end of Poplar Street in the Hamlet of Hartwick was the site of a fire this evening.
The sawmill had been vacant for several years before Tim and Connie Haney, owners of the Cooperstown Bat Company, refurbished it as a place to store their billets, blank bats that are in need of finishing. The restoration of the building was only completed two weeks ago.
As of 8:30 p.m., the roof had collapsed, and smoke was still pouring from the building. Crews are still on the scene.
ONEONTA – The overnight fire that destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside started in the front right corner of the building, a dining area, according to Oneonta Fire Chief Patrick Pigeon.
A passerby called the fire in at 2:20 a.m. and crews arrived less than five minutes later to find the fire fully involved. “We started an aggressive attack through the front doors, but after 10 minutes, we realized it wasn’t going to work,” said Pigeon. “The fire was already up in the roof system.”
According to Pigeon, they spent another 20 minutes inside trying to battle the blaze, but with so many rooms, the fire was impossible to contain. “We would douse one room, and the fire would just be pushed to the next,” he said.
ONEONTA – The Oneonta Fire Department is still on the scene after an early morning blaze destroyed landmark Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside.
The call came into the city fire department at 2:20 a.m. and professional firefighters arrived on the scene to find the restaurant fully engulfed. “It no longer exists,” said fireman Al Sayers Lutz. “It’s been completely destroyed.”
ONEONTA – A small electrical fire broke out a Munson’s Building Supply this morning, causing minor damage to a storage area in the front of the store.
Around 8:30 a.m., co-owner Steve Munson and his employees heard a loud “bang” before the power went out. A fire was quickly discovered in front west corner of the store. Though only a small area was damaged by the fire, the Oneonta Fire Department saturated and tore out a larger area to keep the fire from spreading. The main sales floor was not damaged.
A fire broke out in kitchen of the former Phinney 1808 House B&B on Elm Street, Cooperstown, at 7:30 a.m today, rousing the Vrooman family from their beds. According to neighbors, Jim Vrooman and his family quickly removed the cars from their driveway as Cooperstown volunteers, who had been at the Milford United Methodist Church fire late into Sunday evening, were back on the job. At 9, the fire was still burning in the back of the house, it appeared to be under control, and smoke and water damage was evident throughout the building. At right, firefighters confer on steps to complete their mission. (AllOTSEGO.com photos)
By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
MILFORD – Almost a dozen fire crews at this hour are battling a blaze at the Milford United Methodist Church at 89 Main St. at this hour.
The crews, including Milford, Oneonta, Cooperstown, Mount Vision, Schenevus and several others appeared to have the blaze under control, but it was burning too hot to be extinguished. It appeared likely the building will be a total loss.
Efforts are concentrating on the belltower at this hour (10 p.m.)