Fire destroys North Creek firefighter's outbuilding

Effort begins to help rebuild small business

North Creek Volunteer Fire Company

North Creek Volunteer Fire Company Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The North Creek Volunteer Fire Company is looking for donations to help one of its members rebuild a small business after a fire destroyed the firefighter's outbuilding on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Fire company Chief Steve Studnicky said Jan. 29 that about 10 North Creek volunteers responded to a fire on the Old River Road in North Creek around 11 a.m. Jan. 28 and extinguished the blaze in an outbuilding that housed a small engine repair business, including tools and equipment. Nobody was injured, but the building is considered a complete loss.

Members of three other fire companies -- Johnsburg, Wevertown and Riverside -- responded in mutual aid. The fire lasted about 90 minutes.

Studnicky said the building is owned by Rich Kuhlmann and his wife, Janet, and the company is accepting donations of money and tools to help him rebuild. Rich has been a member of the fire company for about five years, and Janet has helped out with the support team.

"When it comes to our brotherhood and our sisterhood, when it comes to one of our own, we're going to do everything we can to make sure they come through it," Studnicky said.

Send donations to the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company at PO Box 112, North Creek, NY 12853. Call (518) 251-2324 for more information.

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