No major damage from Vermontville house fire

A two-story house in Vermontville sustained mostly smoke damage Sunday from a fire that apparently started in its basement.

Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department members were called to a report of a working structure fire at 105 Cold Brook Road at 1:30 p.m. The house is reportedly owned by Mike Stender, but no one was home at the time of the blaze.

Mike Cassavaugh, the department’s second assistant chief, said Chief Tim Woodruff was the first on scene. He saw a lot of smoke but no flames when he got there, Cassavaugh said.

“There was a ton of smoke,” Cassavaugh said. “We vented the house with smoke ejector fans. They put some flames out down in the basement.”

There was a lot of smoke damage but not much fire damage to the house, Cassavaugh said. No injuries were reported.

Cassavaugh said the fire started in the basement, and its cause is still under investigation.

The Saranac Lake, Paul Smiths-Gabriels and Lake Placid volunteer fire departments responded to the scene in mutual aid with trucks and manpower. Saranac Lake members also manned the Bloomingdale firehouse, and some Lake Placid firefighters stood by at the Saranac Lake firehouse during the call.

Bloomingdale firefighters were back at their station by 4:30 p.m.

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