No injuries in ‘extensive’ house fire on Hungerford Road

GUILDERLAND — A fire at 33 Hungerford Road in Guilderland on Tuesday left a one-family home with extensive fire damage on the main floor and smoke damage throughout the entire structure, said Westmere Fire Chief Anthony Carrow.

No one was injured, he said, and there were no pets in the home.

Carrow outlined the events surrounding the fire this way:

The call came in at 11:31 a.m. from a neighbor who reported smoke coming from the area of the attic and roof.

When firefighters arrived, there was a moderate amount of smoke in the attic area, with smoke coming out of the roof vents as well as the eaves of the one-and-a-half-story wood-frame raised ranch.

The bulk of the fire was in the main living area. Carrow declined to say what room the fire was concentrated in, since the cause and origin are currently under investigation.

Firefighters made various coordinated efforts, centering on an interior attack, meaning that firefighters went inside. The fire was “well under control” within 15 to 30 minutes, Carrow said.

Then, the volunteers concentrated on salvage and overhaul and looking for hot spots. Carrow explained that firefighters, if they are able to, cover household goods that are still in good condition, to prevent water damage.

The homeowner arrived at some point and was comforted by neighbors, Carrow said, and spoke with Guilderland emergency services about next steps.

Westmere Fire Department was assisted by many fire departments throughout Guilderland.

Albany County assessment rolls show the home as owned by Ganesh K. Karunakaran and Seethalakshmi Angamuthu, and as having a full-market value of $222,593.

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