Electrical problems appear to be source of house fire







Oneonta Fire Chief Arthur Willis says the source of a fire that damaged 90 percent of a house on county road 29 appears to have been electrical, but the incident is still under investigation. Oneonta Fire and Rescue and the Straight Mountain Fire Department received the call at 10:45 Wednesday morning. Upon arrival, flames could be seen coming from the roof. It is believed the fire began in the living room, according to Willis. Weather proved to be a slight hazard during the event. With a temperature of 29 degrees, water used to fight the fire began to freeze on tree limbs, the house’s porch, and on the ground causing some issues for the firefighters. ‘The weather was difficult, but did not impede our ability to fight the fire,’ Willis said. By noon, the fire was under control, and crews were sent in to salt the road where ice had formed. No one was in the house when the fire began, Willis said, and firefighters were able to save some of the occupants’ belongings. – Nicole Singleton

Oneonta Fire Chief Arthur Willis says the source of a fire that damaged 90 percent of a house on county road 29 appears to have been electrical, but the incident is still under investigation. Oneonta Fire and Rescue and the Straight Mountain Fire Department received the call at 10:45 Wednesday morning. Upon arrival, flames could be seen coming from the roof. It is believed the fire began in the living room, according to Willis. Weather proved to be a slight hazard during the event. With a temperature of 29 degrees, water used to fight the fire began to freeze on tree limbs, the house’s porch, and on the ground causing some issues for the firefighters. ‘The weather was difficult, but did not impede our ability to fight the fire,’ Willis said. By noon, the fire was under control, and crews were sent in to salt the road where ice had formed. No one was in the house when the fire began, Willis said, and firefighters were able to save some of the occupants’ belongings. – Nicole Singleton