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Linda Kellett/Courier - Family members and friends stand on the lawn in front of the August Florian family home on Fordsbush Road in the town of Minden Wednesday evening. The residence sustained significant damage in a mid-day fire, which left the family of four homeless.


Fordsbush Road family of four homeless after fire

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - Updated: 1:56 PM


MINDEN — A Fordsbush Road family of four is homeless after flames tore through their tidy and well-kept residence at around 12:17 p.m. Wednesday, displacing them and their pets.

Surrounded by supporters, home owner August Florian Wednesday night said it was too early to comment on any needs that the family might have.

Fort Plain Fire Chief Brian Muehleck said the residence at 948 Fordsbush Road sustained considerable damage, particularly on the left side, during the noon-hour fire.

Better than half of the house was damaged by flames, smoke and water damage, he said.

The fire is believed to have started in a laundry room by a dryer.

Muehleck said it was a St. Johnsville Fire Department call, and Fort Plain firefighters, who were the first to arrive at the scene, were summoned by 1st Assistant Chief Mayra Rodriguez for mutual aid. Additionally, a tanker from the South Minden Fire Department was called, but Muehleck said they were dispatched because there was adequate water at the scene.

An individual was present at the residence, but no one was injured. Additionally, the family’s pets were safely removed, Muehleck said.

About 18 firefighters responded to the scene from both departments, he said. Aside from a manpower shortage because of the time of day, firefighters encountered no additional problems.

In addition to local firefighters, personnel with St. Johnsville Ambulance and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office also reported to the scene.

The family has a place to stay, Muehleck said. He believed the family has insurance.


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