A Milford residence was declared a “total loss” by area officials after a fire ravaged it this weekend, leaving a family of three homeless.
Otsego County Emergency Services Coordinator Kevin Ritton said more than 50 firefighters from six fire departments were present at the fire, located at 130 Sanctuary Road. The house was located 1,200 feet from the main road, Ritton said, which made it difficult to access.
No one was hurt, Ritton said, and the cause of the fire, which is considered accidental, is under investigation.
Terry Bunn, fire chief at the Hartwick Seminary Fire Department, said his crew arrived on the scene at 4:35 p.m. Saturday and did not leave until 11 that night. No one was home at the time of the fire, Bunn said, which was reported by a neighbor. One of the residents of the house, Brock Amos, was having work done inside, Bunn said, and had been staying elsewhere while the floors were being stripped. Amos’ wife, Nicole, and daughter were gone on vacation, he said.
Bunn said fire departments from Milford, Cooperstown, Fly Creek, Mount Vision and Schenevus were at the scene. Firefighters returned to the home three times because of rekindling, Bunn said, and the fire was still smoldering Monday morning.
The fire lasted so long, Ritton said, because the roof on the two-story house collapsed and the fire continued to burn underneath it. According to Bunn, the roof will have to be torn apart and moved by machinery to extinguish the remaining combustion.
Bunn said Amos arrived on the scene and was, understandably, “very upset” upon seeing his home in flames. For the time being, Bunn said, Amos is staying at a neighbor’s house.
A message left on Amos’ cell phone was not returned by 7 p.m. Monday.
The fire is believed to have been accidental and probably started on the first floor, Ritton said, but investigation is continuing. He said officials will have a better idea of what caused the fire later this week.
“With the amount of destruction there was,” Ritton said, “there was not a lot of evidence to work with.”
According to postings on several real estate websites, the 1,700-square-foot house was built in 1992 and used to be an inn called Dutch Door Bed & Breakfast.