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Oneonta Fire Department

Fire Chief: Christopher’s Fire Started In Dining Room

Fire Chief: Christopher’s Blaze

Started In Front Dining Room

Oneonta Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney, front, confers with fire investigators, while Don Tubia, left, helps sift through the rubble of the front right corner, where the early-morning fire that destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant is believed to have started. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

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Fire Destroys Christopher’s Restaurant

FIRE DESTROYS

CHRISTOPHER’S

Oneonta Landmark Burns Overnight

The fire that broke out overnight completely destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside.  The landmark was unique locally:  It was built and decorated as an Adirondack lodge, evident in the trophies (foreground) that decorated the walls. The cause remains under investigation (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.”

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Crowd Delays Start Of Fire-Pact Hearing

Crowd Delays Start

Of Fire-Pact Hearing

The 6 p.m.  start of this evening’s public hearing on creation of a breakaway volunteer fire department in the Town of Oneonta was delayed by the throng of people signing up to speak; the line snaked around the meeting room at Oneonta’s Elm Park Methodist Church on Chestnut Street. Here, Ron Peters, an associate of Town Fire Commissioner Johna Peachin, is advising would-be speaker Annemarie Hosned. Behind her is Common Council member Dana Levinson.  The Oneonta town fire commissioners are proposing a volunteer department after two years of negotiations with City Hall over the services of the city’s professional Oneonta Fire Department failed to produce a contract.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Fire At Munson’s Building Supply

Fire At Munson’s

Building Supply

Steve Munson and Richard Jubar have already begun fixing the corner of Munson’s Building Supply that was damaged in a minor electrical fire this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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.

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Man Arrested After Car Arson

Man Arrested

After Car Arson

Jonathan Delgado

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after police and fire investigators allege he set his neighbor’s car on fire earlier this afternoon.

Jonathan Delgado, 31, was arrested after the police and fire department were dispatched to the report of a vehicle fire in the area of 41 Burnside Avenue.  First responders arrived at the scene to find a red 2009 Subaru Forester, belonging to a neighborhood resident, fully engulfed in flames.  The Oneonta Fire Department extinguished the blaze as police officers conducted a neighborhood canvass and located Delgado, who was detained during the early stages of the investigation.

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow…

Somewhere Over The Rainbow…

Erik Johnson of the Oneonta Fire Dept. adjusts the spray on a water flow monitor to make a rainbow over the Southside dam this afternoon. Johnson was one of several firefighters at the site testing the water pump output with 10 and 20 ft hoses to make sure the capacity inside the truck is up to standards. The test is preformed annually. (Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Erik Johnson, Oneonta Fire Department adjusts the spray on a water flow monitor to make a rainbow over the Southside dam this afternoon. Johnson was one of several firefighters at the site testing the water pump output with 10 and 20 ft hoses to make sure the capacity inside the truck is up to standards. The test is preformed annually. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Young Hero Honored By Police, Fire

Young Hero Honored

By Oneonta Police, Fire

Oneonta Police Officer Ryan Pondolfino shakes hands with Amari Champen, 5, who was honored by Oneonta Police and Fire for showing bravery in calling 911 after his cousin Devon had a seizure while babysitting him. Pondolfino was one of the officers who responded to the call. "We've seen 20 year olds with less composure than Amari had," he said. Behind them are Mayor Gary Herzig and Fire Chief Patrick Pigeon. Amari was treated to a tour of both stations, as well as certificates and a gift bag for his bravery. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta Police Officer Ryan Pondolfino shakes hands with Amari Champen, 5, who was honored by Oneonta Police and Fire for showing bravery in calling 911 after his cousin Devon had a seizure while babysitting him. Pondolfino was one of the officers who responded to the call. “We’ve seen 20 year olds with less composure than Amari had,” he said. Behind them are Mayor Gary Herzig and Fire Chief Patrick Pidgeon. Amari was treated to a tour of both stations, as well as certificates and a gift bag for his bravery. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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A Fiery Finish For Jr. Firefighters Safety Camp

A Fiery Finish For

Jr. Firefighters Safety Camp

Participants in the YMCA's Junior Firefighter safety course, were treated to a live burn demonstration this morning by the Oneonta Fire Dept. "A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds." explains Don Tubia, left, Oneonta, as the children begin to feel the intense heat from the blaze. In the background, Dan Alley and Chuck Barringer prepare to douse the blaze. Over the last two days, participants in the program learned fire safety precautions, met fire dogs, ran fire drills, explored a medevac helicopter, and got up close and personal with Oneonta Fire fighters. The day ended with awards, ice cream and of course, a refreshing dousing by the fire hose. The program is now in its 11th year. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
This morning participants in the YMCA’s Junior Firefighter safety course, were treated to a live burn demonstration at the 6th Ward Booster Club Athletic Field by the Oneonta Fire Dept. “A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds.” explains OFD fireman Don Tubia, left, as the children noticeably begin to feel the intense heat from the quickly spreading blaze.  In the background, firemen Dan Alley and Chuck Barringer prepare to douse the blaze. Over the last two days, participants in the program learned fire safety precautions, met fire dogs, ran fire drills, explored a medevac helicopter, and got up close and personal with Oneonta Fire fighters. The day ended with awards, ice cream and of course, a refreshing dousing by the fire hose. The program is now in its 11th year. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Fire Department Shares First Findings of Risk Assessment

Fire Department Shares First

Findings of Risk Assessment

Demi Manesis, a Hartwick College intern for the Oneonta Fire Dept.explains the data analysis for the Community Risk Assessment, which she presented with Jim Maloney to Common Council this evening. Using data from the County, the first analysis of the data showed that the majority of Oneonta structures are of moderate risk, based on occupancy, size and updated building codes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Demi Manesis, a Hartwick College student interning for the Oneonta Fire Department, explains the data analysis for the Community Risk Assessment, which she presented with Jim Maloney to Common Council this evening. Using property data from the county, the first analysis showed that the majority of Oneonta structures are of moderate risk, based on occupancy, size and updated building codes.  From here, Maloney said, the department will assess each individual structure in Oneonta and develop a Standard of Cover document, which will help the Fire/EMS department determine staffing levels for various calls. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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East End Fire Injures Woman, Kills Dog

East End Oneonta Blaze

Injures Woman; Dog Dies

Firemen responded quickly to the call of a fire at 8 Forest Ave. on Oneonta's East End. ( Mike Murphy photo)
Firemen responded quickly to the call of a fire at 8 Forest Ave. on Oneonta’s East End. ( Mike Murphy photo)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – A woman was injured and her dog killed in a fire that broke out at a home on the city’s East End this afternoon.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney, a call about a house fire came into the station at 1:13 p.m.  The caller initially identified the house as 6 Forest Ave., but upon arriving on scene, the firefighters discovered it was 8 Forest.

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