News of Otsego County


Fire at Oneonta Motel

Fire at Oneonta Motel

About an hour ago there was a fire at Motel 88 on Chestnut St., Oneonta. Fire crews are still on the scene. Check back for more details. (Photo by Joe Harmer)

Fire in Cherry Valley leaves one dead

Fire in Cherry Valley leaves one dead

Police and firefighters responded to a structure fire in Cherry Valley last night that caused the death of one person.

The deceased, Ellen Cantrell, 58, was located inside the travel trailer at County Road 34A.

New York State Police, Richfield Springs Fire Department, Cherry Valley Fire Department, and Middlefield Fire Department responded to extinguish the flames.

Cooperstown EMS and Otsego County EMS also responded.

According to a New York State Police media release, the fire is not thought to have been suspicious.


Raging Fire Destroys Antiques-Filled Barn

Raging Fire Destroys

Antiques-Filled Barn

Cooperstown firefighter Henry Stewart, top left, and Fire Captain Chris Satriano watch for flare-ups after a fast-moving fire leveled Kip Coburn’s barn Friday evening at 324 Williams Road on Christian Hill, Town of Otsego. (Jim Kevlin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

FLY CREEK – Inside the barn at 325 Williams Road, Chief Chris Vuolo, Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Department, could hear “multiple” explosions.

“There were propane tanks and boxes of fireworks stored inside,” he said. “No one was hurt, thank God.”

The fire, which destroyed Wood Bull Antiques owner Kip Coburn’s barn on Christian Hill, Town of Otsego, on Friday, Nov. 6, was called in by a neighbor at 9:01 p.m., with trucks arriving on scene 10 minutes later. The fire was “fully involved,” according to Vuolo.

“It quickly spread to two trailers in the barn,” he said. “We got it under control in an hour, but we were there until 1 a.m. We couldn’t get to the second floor.”

The barn was Wood Bull Antiques’ original storage location for his inventory when he moved to the area from New York City 40 years ago.

“We would go back and forth to the flea market in SoHo, then go to yard sales up here,” Coburn said.

He and his wife Judith lived there for a time before giving the house to his daughter, who since the COVID-19 outbreak moved back from Rhode Island. She has since moved, and was not at the house when the fire broke out.

“I don’t know how the fire started,” he said. “But when I got there, the whole side was on fire.”

The barn itself was packed full of antiques, adding fuel to the blaze. “There was some natural wood furniture in there and a lot of spare chairs,” said Coburn. “I’m a bit of a packrat when it comes to collecting.”

Also inside were two camping trailers and several antique cars, all of which were destroyed in the blaze.
“It was fast-moving and hot,” said Vuolo. “There were a lot of artifacts.”

The fire also torched a second, smaller building, which Coburn said he used as a tool shop, and a chicken coop, but all five chickens escaped unharmed. The house on the property was not harmed.

The fire is still under investigation, but is not currently considered suspicious. “We think a light might have gotten knocked over in the chicken coop,” said Vuolo.

Mutual aid was provided at the scene by Cooperstown, Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Richfield Springs and Schuyler Lake.

Blaze Destroys Fly Creek Barn

Blaze Destroys Fly Creek Barn

Firefighters from Fly Creek arrived on the scene of a fully-involved barn fire at 12:40 p.m. this afternoon at 399 Hoke Road, Fly Creek, according to Rob O’Brien, Otsego Count 911 coordinator. No injuries were reported, and the fire was out just before 2:30 p.m., with no cause yet determined. Mutual aid was provided by Cooperstown, Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Schuyler Lake and Richfield fire departments. (Bill Michaels for
Early Morning Fire Destroys Nate’s Tire & Auto

Early Morning Blaze

Guts Nate’s Auto, Tire

Fire investigators Joe Tiemann, in green, and Brian Knapp look through the remains of Nate’s Tire & Auto following an early-morning fire today. (Ian Austin/

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to

ONEONTA – The Oneonta Fire Department had to shut down the railroad tracks on Railroad Avenue this morning to battle a blaze that destroyed Nate’s Tire & Auto.

According to Robert O’Brien, director, Otsego County 911, the call came in at 3:52 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, the garage was engulfed.

Mutual Aid Fire Underway In CV

Mutual Aid Fire

Underway In CV

Firefighters from Cherry Valley, Springfield, Middlefield and Richfield responded to a barn fire on North Road, Town of Cherry Valley, late this afternoon. 13 departments were on standby, and by 7 p.m., the blaze was under control and departments were able to clear the scene. The cause of the fire is not immediately known. (The buildings are not part of the fire site; the thick smoke could be see from a distance.) (Dennis Laughlin/



By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

The barn at 130 Riverstone Road from the Otsego County Real Property Tax records.

EMMONS – A man was found dead when Oneonta firefighters responded to a call about a barn fire at 130 Riverstone Road, according to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

The Oneonta Fire Department was called to the scene of a fully involved barn fire at 11:20 p.m. last night. Schenevus, Milford and Pindars Corners all provided mutual aid, and they were on the scene until 4 a.m. this morning.

Fire Damages Back Porch, Kitchen Of Oneonta Home

Four Fire Companies Save House

Fire Damages Back Porch,

Kitchen Of Oneonta Home

Oneonta Fire Chief Patrick Pidgeon was called to to the scene of a house fire on Winney Hill Road. Though the fire damaged the back porch and kitchen, the house itself was spared. (Ian Austin/

ONEONTA – A fire at a home on Winney Hill Road in Oneonta started on the back porch and spread into the kitchen, but fire companies were able to put it out before it consumed the whole house, Oneonta Fire Chief Patrick Pidgeon reported.

According to Pidgeon, the fire at the house on 290 Winney Hill Road, a neighbor called in the fire, which started on the back porch at 5:16 p.m. Oneonta, West Oneonta, Franklin and Franklin FAST were on the scene, with Otego and Laurens Fire and EMS squads on  standby and for coverage, and fire fighters quickly knocked the fire down.

Loose Stovepipe Started Fire, Reports Schuyler Lake FD

Loose Stovepipe Starts Fire,

Schuyler Lake VFD Reports

Capt. Ryan Strong, of the Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene of a fire in Schuyler Lake. The fire, which started in a loose woodstove pipe, was quickly contained. With him is Alan Steere, a Schuyler Lake VFD firefighter. (James Cummings/

SCHUYLER LAKE – A loose wood stove pipe caused a house fire earlier this afternoon on County Route 22 in the Hamlet of Schuyler Lake.

The fire, at the home of Tom Donnelly, was reportedly caused by a loose fitting on a wood stove. The leak from the stove and resulting heat caught the house’s wallpaper on fire.

Fire Chief: Smoke Detectors Saved Couple

West Oneonta Fire Chief:

Smoke Alarms Saved Couple

Members of the Otego Fire Department on the scene of a fire at 687 State Highway 205 that destroyed a couple’s home. (Ian Austin/

ONEONTA – By the time West Oneonta Assistant Fire Chief John Quick got to the scene of last night’s fire at 687 State Highway 205, the house was fully engulfed, but the residents were safe in the neighbor’s driveway across the street.

“They were alerted by the smoke detectors,” he said. “The wife tried to put it out, but it was just too much.”

10 Fire Companies Battle Blaze in West Oneonta

2 Transported To Fox Hospital

10 Fire Companies

Battling Blaze In

West Oneonta

Frank Allen, Bart Clark and Nate Lowe. West Oneonta Fire Department, spray for hot spots in the blaze that destroyed a home on Route 205 in Oneonta earlier this evening. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

East Meredith fire chief David Briggs lights a flare on Route 205, which is closed as 10 fire companies battle a blaze in West Oneonta.

ONEONTA – At this hour, 10 fire companies are on the scene of a house fire just past the intersection of Routes 205 and 23 in Oneonta.

According to senior dispatcher Laurie Devlin, Otsego County 911, the call came in at 7:14 p.m. for a fully involved structure fire at 687 State Highway 205. Oneonta, West Oneonta, Unadilla, Otego, Wells Bridge, Pindars Corners, West Laurens, Mount Vision and Milford all responded to the call.

Police Investigating House Fire, Suspicious Death


Body Found In

Burned House

WORCESTER – State police are investigating the death of a yet-unidentified subject after a house fire in the Town of Worcester.

Worcester and East Worcester fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire just before 9:18 p.m. last night. When an adult was located deceased inside the residence, troopers were called to the scene to investigate.



Firefighters Resuscitate Cat After Oneonta Apartment Fire

Firefighters Resuscitate Cat

At Oneonta Apartment Fire

Oneonta fire fighters responded to a fire at the Mayrose Apartments on Lewis Avenue this evening. One resident, Matt Baker, was treated for smoke inhalation, and his cat, Oreo, was rescued from the fire and resuscitated with oxygen at the scene.


Oreo is resting comfortably after Oneonta Fire Captain Rob Latourette resuscitated her with oxygen.

ONEONTA – Oneonta firefighters were able to resuscitate a cat rescued from the fire in the Mayrose Apartment complex on Lewis Avenue this evening.

“She was pretty much dead when we found her,” said Capt. Rob Latourette. “I gave her oxygen and she revived quickly.”

The cat, named Oreo, is owned by Matt Baker, a resident of the apartment, was also treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Baker, 26, managed to rescue his three guinea pigs, which are in the care of a neighbor.

A second cat, a cream-colored female named Cheeseburger, was not located in the apartment, and is believed to have run out the door when the fire broke out and is still missing.

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