Bird Pond Rd. home destroyed by blaze

CHESTER A local family is homeless after fire destroyed their fairly-new ranch-style home Wednesday evening on Bird Pond Road, authorities said. Fifty firefighters from six fire companies battled the persistent fire for more than nine hours, North Creek Fire Company Chief Steve Studnicky said. It was a very stubborn fire, he said. It was difficult to extinguish because it persisted in the roof of the modular home. The blaze consumed the home of Barry McKinney and family, and the house is now a total loss, Studnicky said. McKinneys wife was at home at the time the fire started, Studnicky said, but she was not injured. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but the blaze appeared to have started in the center rear of the home. One North Creek firefighter was transported to Glens Falls Hospital, after he had suffered smoke inhalation and exhaustion, Studnicky said. County Undersheriff Robert Swan said a call was received by county dispatchers at 6:50 p.m. reporting that flames were consuming one side of the McKinney house. Studnicky said that when members of his company arrived, the house was in flames. It was a working structure fire at that point, he said. Fire companies from Riverside, Chestertown, Pottersville, Horicon and North River all worked to quell the blaze. North Creek Fire Company was the lead agency at the scene, because they have a contract with the Town of Chester to serve the Bird Pond Rd. in the northwest corner of the town. Studnicky and Swan said they did not know where the McKinneys spent Wednesday night. The investigation into the cause and origin of the blaze is continuing, they said.

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