BETHLEHEM — On Friday, a house fire took the life of a Bethlehem resident.

An autopsy was completed on Monday morning and the deceased occupant was identified as Michael F. Jeram, age 65. The cause of the fire was ruled not suspicious, according to a release from the Bethlehem Police.

GUILDERLAND — On Saturday, March 13, a fire in the west wing of Guilderland High School was contained in an art computer laboratory with some smoke damage nearby.

 “We’re 100-percent volunteer so most of us had to get home and get to work … You have to return to normalcy after helping a neighbor out all night long.”

ALBANY COUNTY — Jacob “Jake” Houck, with the Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company, and Gerald E. Paris Jr., Albany County’s fire coordinator, were each recently honored as Firefighter of the Year by the Albany County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association.

Chris VanPatten, whose family owned a Guilderland farmhouse for nearly a century, before selling it five years ago, was sad to see it burn on Friday.

Pangburn Road fire

NEW SCOTLAND — A one-story house on Pangburn Road caught fire on Monday, Aug. 17.

According to a release from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, events unfolded this way:

BERNE — On Saturday, a wildland fire at the Cole Hill State Forest was put out by the Berne and East Berne volunteer fire departments, aided by three state forest rangers.

GUILDERLAND — Rick Ketterer came into The Enterprise news office last week because he had a story he wanted to tell.

Just 33 years old, Kyle Haines will be the next chief of the Altamont Fire Department on Jan. 1. 

The challenge for firefighters was the construction style of the house.


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