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Amsterdam fire displaces two families

Amsterdam fire displaces two families

Two Amsterdam families were temporarily displaced today by an early morning attic fire.

Two Amsterdam families were temporarily displaced today by an early morning attic fire.

The Amsterdam Fire Department responded to a 911 call at 4:43 a.m.

When they reached the two-family home at 209 West Main St., the flames were still contained to the attic space and all residents were out of the building.

Chief Richard Liberti called in a “relatively minimal fire,” adding that one engine, one ladder, one hose and the fire crew were able to get it out by 5:30 a.m.

There is smoke and water damage on the first and second floor, all of which is repairable.

“We did have to open the roof in a few places,” he said, explaining that under the modern asphalt shingles was a layer of dry, ultra inflammable cedar shingles that were ignited by the attic fire.

No one was hurt in the fire. One resident family is staying with friends while the other was cared for by the Red Cross.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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