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Fire destroys Princetown farmhouse

Fire destroys Princetown farmhouse

No initial injuries
Fire destroys Princetown farmhouse
Flames rip through the roof of a more-than-200-year-old farmhouse on North Kelley Road in Princetown on Wednesday afternoon.
Photographer: STEPHEN WILLIAMS

An old farmhouse on North Kelley Road was destroyed by an intense fire Wednesday afternoon.

At least five Schenectady County volunteer fire companies responded to the scene, where flames continued to be visible more than an hour after the call was first received about 4 p.m. Parts of the structure's roof had collapsed.

Tom Jones, who lives across the street, identified the owners as Jerry and Patricia Guthiere, who were home but uninjured. He said the house was more than 200 years old, and was moved to its current location about 40 years ago because it was in the path of a high-voltage electric transmission line being built through the area.

"It's a shame," said Jones, who has lived in his home nearly 70 years.

Schenectady County fire investigators were on the scene Wednesday evening, with no cause for the fire yet available. There were no initial injuries, though a Mohawk Ambulance crew was on standby.

The Plotterkill Fire Company was in charge at the scene, but assistance came from the Pine Grove, South Schenectady, Mariaville and Duanesburg volunteer fire companies. Water was being trucked to the scene and pumped into large portable pools, and firefighters also cut through the ice of a nearby pond to draw water.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, [email protected] or@gazettesteve on Twitter.

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