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2017-12-05 / Police

Fire Damages Arkville Home, Former Church

By Rosie Cunningham


A fire broke out on Saturday afternoon, severely damaging a residence in Arkville at the intersection of Hill and Church streets. 
Randy Shepard/The Reporter A fire broke out on Saturday afternoon, severely damaging a residence in Arkville at the intersection of Hill and Church streets. Randy Shepard/The Reporter ARKVILLE - A challenging fire Saturday afternoon severely damaged a residence in Arkville, located at the intersection of Hill and Church streets.

Arkville Fire Chief Robert Sweeney said the call came in at approximately 12:30 p.m. and crews stayed until about 7 p.m.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” said Sweeney. “However, we believe that it originated in the basement.”

The fire chief added that he is unsure if the owners of the residence are full-time or part-time Arkville community members.

“They were not home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries,” he confirmed.

Sweeney said the fire department was faced with many challenges in combatting the flames.

“It is a 125-year-old church that was converted into a home,” he said. “There were many layers of roofs in the attic area and the walls were constructed of pressed tin panels and digging out hot spots was tough. The structure is not a complete loss - I would say about 25 percent is severely damaged. There is quite a bit of smoke and water damage.”

The Arkville Fire Department received mutual aid from the Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Halcottsville and Stamford Fire Departments.

“Both the Margaretville and Stamford departments provided aerial trucks,” said Sweeney.

The Roxbury, Pine Hill and Big Indian departments were waiting on standby.

“Everyone who came out did a great job - it was a team effort,” said Sweeney.

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