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  • Manheim home a ‘total loss’ after fire

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  • TOWN OF MANHEIM — Two fires broke out in the town of Manheim on Tuesday, with one home a total loss and another home sustaining minor damage.
    Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department Captain Ryan Comstock said during a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon the department received a call for a fully involved structure fire at 341 Fish Rd. around 2:45 p.m.
    “We saw very heavy smoke and flames upon arrival,” he said. “The wind had pushed the fire through the house.”
    Comstock said firefighters do not know who reported the fire, and that no one was in the log cabin at the time of the blaze. He said about 40 firefighters arrived at the scene, and it took about 15 to 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.
    “Given the weather and wind, it took us about four to four and a half hours total at the scene. The cold wasn’t the problem it was mostly the wind. It kept spreading the fire,” he said.
    Comstock said though the fire is still being investigated, firefighters believe it may have started from a wood stove.
    Comstock said the department also received a call at around 12:15 p.m. for a working fire on Brockett Road. He said heavy smoke could be scene upon arrival.
    “We had an offensive attack on that. We made a really good stop,” he said.
    Comstock said the fire started in the garage and spread into the home. Minor damage was reported, mostly to the garage, from fire, smoke and water.
    Assisting at both fires were the St. Johnsville, Salisbury and Hilltop volunteer fire departments.
    No injuries were reported at either fire.
    These are the second and third fires reported in the town in the past week. On Jan. 1, a man died in a trailer fire at 450 Hoertz Rd. While the cause is still being investigated, officials believed it may have started from a wood stove.
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