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Johnstown house unlivable after blaze in bedroom

Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Firefighters from Johnstown and Gloversville work to put out a fire in a home on Melcher Street in Johnstown on Wednesday.
Firefighters from Johnstown and Gloversville work to put out a fire in a home on Melcher Street in Johnstown on Wednesday.

— Firefighters saved a Melcher Street house that caught fire Wednesday, but broken windows and the lack of power made the building uninhabitable.

There were no injuries in the fire reported at 11:20 a.m., when firefighters were told a bedroom was on fire.

Johnstown Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said the bulk of fire damage was confined to the upstairs bedroom, but the much of the two-story home sustained smoke and water damage.

Firefighters had to smash out windows and cut power to the home, so it was unlikely to be re-occupied right away, Heberer said.

The fire was not considered suspicious but was still being investigated later Wednesday.

 
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