Scotia

Late Saturday night fire damages home in Scotia

Firefighters at the scene Saturday night. Photo by Peter Barber/Staff Photographer

Firefighters at the scene Saturday night. Photo by Peter Barber/Staff Photographer

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SCOTIA – A late Saturday night fire damaged a two-family home in Scotia.

No injuries were reported.


Firefighters were called to 33 Washington Ave. by residents. Residents had been experiencing electrical issues, including breakers tripping and called 911, Scotia Fire Chief Kenneth M. Almy said.

Police arrived first and assisted in making sure everyone got out, Almy said. About five people lived in the building.

Scotia Police Chief Daniel Harrigan identified the officer as Officer Danielle Peck and indicated the officer was on routine patrol and spotted smoke coming from the attic at 33 Washington Ave.

“Officer Peck immediately made notifications to dispatch that she had a structure fire and  to send Fire and EMS, then she quickly evacuated the residents of the building,” Harrigan wrote on Facebook.

Harrigan credited Peck’s keen observations and the fire department’s quick work with ensuring the residents got out safely and limited damage to surrounding homes.

Arriving firefighters encountered smoke and soon flames broke through the roof. Firefighters then worked to get the fire out.

The Red Cross offered assistance to the residents.

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