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February 4, 2013

Officials rule Otego fire suspicious

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The discussions included where to park trucks and the considerations of the water supply, Hurlburt said. Pre-planning was particularly important because the fire site wasn’t far from the station, which left little time en route to consider firefighting options, he said.

``The hardest ones to fight are the ones closest to the station,’’ Hurlburt said.

No residences had to be evacuated Saturday, Hurlburt said, but train traffic along the nearby railroad tracks was stopped for about three hours.

The burned building had contained some small amounts of fertilizer, he said, but the quantity wasn’t a concern and caused no explosions.

``It was a pretty good knock-down for the size of the building,’’ Hurlburt said.

Hurlburt said Scott Secor, assistant chief of the Otego Fire Department, was first on the scene and did a good job setting up water lines from hydrants. The stem of one hydrant later broke, Hurlburt said, and crews had to set up an alternative line, but there was plenty of water to battle the blaze.

Otego village public service and town highway department crews were working Sunday to replace the problematic hydrant, a job that may be finished today, Hurlburt said.

Otego crews were back in service at the station at 10:25 p.m. Saturday, dispatchers said.

Hurlburt said crews from West Oneonta, Unadilla and Treadwell were on standby.

 

 

 

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