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Heartache for mother and daughter after home burns

WARRENSBURG A Warrensburg family is homeless after a fire caused heavy damage Sunday to their River St. home. The home of Sylvia Webster, her 15-year-old daughter Bobbilee and Websters boyfriend Larry Perna was ravaged by the fire, Larrys brother Jack Perna said. The family is staying with Jack Perna, a former Warrensburg resident who now lives in Queensbury. The family was away from home when the fire started at about 10:30 a.m., according to Perna and Warrensburg Fire Co. Chief Justin Hull. According to Jack, Webster has lived in the River Street house for most of her life about 34 years. The house was built in 1902. Sylvia has lost all her childhood mementoes and family pictures, and so has her daughter, he said. Everything is destroyed its a big heartache. Hull confirmed the house was uninhabitable. He said about 35 firemen worked for nearly six hours to quench the blaze. Although the cause is still under investigation, Hull said, the fire apparently started in or near the kitchen at the rear of the home. It was a tough fire to fight because the home has balloon-frame construction and the fire went right up into the second story, Hull said. We had a good knockdown, however we kept the house standing. About 20 members of the Warrensburg Fire Co. responded, followed by firefighters from Lake George and Chestertown, Hull said.

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