Quick action at fire saves home

Heidi Haskell expresses her thanks to the Thurman Fire Co. members for promptly responding to a structure fire at the home of her brother, Douglas Steele.

Thurman Fire Chief Jeremy Bradway was the first on the scene and acted swiftly, first calling for backup from Warrensburg then assisting Steele to safety outside of his home. Bradway then quenched the flames with a fire extinguisher he carries in his personal vehicle and then he made sure no one else was in the home. Steele’s cat was saved in the evacuation effort.

Three Warren County Sheriff officers arrived and offered additional fire extinguishers — which they all carry. The Thurman fire truck arrived moments afterwards.

Backup from Warrensburg was then cancelled and Thurman fire crew doused the area surrounding the fire and used a thermal imaging camera to assure there were no “hot spots” which can be miniscule and could start a secondary fire long after responders leave the scene.

Bradway reviewed the thermal imaging evidence and it was determined that there were no hot spots. The firefighters left the scene at 1:30 a.m.

Additional expressions of appreciation go out to Jim Desourdy, Kylee Combs, Richard Ovitt, Dustin Haskell and Keith Fortner. Also, Thanks go to the American Red Cross of Glens Falls for helping with clothes, food and cleaning supplies.

Steele is back in his home; however, the kitchen floor, cabinets, refrigerator, and stove are ruined and need replacing. Heidi Haskell asks that anyone who has a refrigerator, or gas stove they could offer, or has materials for fixing the kitchen to contact her at 696-3732.

We all applaud the work of our local responders, who safeguard the lives, property and health of our town’s citizens.

Highway Crew tribute lunch set

Donations are now being sought for the upcoming luncheon to honor the Thurman Highway Department employees.

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