GREENWICH - New State Road between Greenbush Road and U.S. 224 was closed for about two hours Wednesday as firefighters battled a house fire.
Flames were coming out of two upstairs windows in the southeast corner of the house when about 12 members of the Tri-Community Joint Fire District arrived. Chief David Seidel said the mother reported it between 5:30 and 6 p.m. after one of her children discovered the fire when he went upstairs to get a glove for his Little League game.
“She called it in right away,” Seidel said. “I don’t think they’ll be able to live there. There was water and smoke damage to the lower part of the house.”
The family is living elsewhere.
“They have a lot of family in the area,” said Seidel, who didn’t have the victims’ names at press time this morning. “I think they had foster children.
“I’d say we had it knocked down in 10 minutes. Of course we were there for a long time. The guys did a tremendous job,” the chief said. “The fire started in the upstairs bedroom. … We contained it to the bedroom (and) the roof just above the bedroom.”
The fire isn’t considered suspicious in nature. Seidel said he assumes the cause is electrical.
“We’ve still got to investigate it,” the chief added.
Firefighters used about 2,500 gallons of water to control the blaze.