Fire sweeps Clifton Park home

Fire swept a Clifton Park residence this afternoon, leaving heavy damage but causing no injuries.
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Investigators are trying to identify the cause of a fire that gutted a home in Tremont Woods in Clifton Park this afternoon.

More than a dozen fire vehicles crowded into the quiet, wooded neighborhood to battle the blaze, which broke out at 9 Princess Court. Home owner Michelle Rafferty declined to discuss the fire.

The fire consumed the home’s top floor and filled the neighborhood with thick smoke. Fire officials weren’t immediately available to comment on what caused the blaze.

There were no injuries reported at the scene, although a Vischer Ferry firefighter suffered a heart attack as he arrived at the fire. An official on the scene said the firefighter, who is in his 60s, was taken to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady for treatment.

Neighbors reported smelling the fire shortly before crews began to arrive on scene.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Marcy Patacsil, observing the spectacle nearby from her Bittersweet Lane residence. “Thank God everyone’s safe, thank God it’s raining and there’s no wind.”

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