Investigators seek cause of Hammond fire Wednesday
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:16 am


HAMMOND -- Fire investigators are unsure of the cause of a blaze that saw around 75 firefighters battle a fire at 207 Lake St. on Wednesday, but are focusing their efforts on the kitchen area.

“It started in the kitchen area for sure — it might of been an appliance — but they are still investigating,” Hammond Fire Department First Assistant Lenny Bickelhaupt said.

The fire was reported around 5 p.m. by an adult living at the home, he said.

One other adult and two children also resided in the house.

Structural damage was limited to the kitchen, but there was heavy smoke and water damage throughout the home, Bickelhaupt said.

“It was a great save,” he said. “The firefighters did a great job.

Firefighters from Hammond, Morristown, Redwood, and Brier Hill were on scene with Heuvelton on standby.

No one was injured during the fire.

The family received Red Cross assistance.

Red Cross provided financial assistance for food and clothing to two adults and two children, ages 10 and 14.

Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items.