West Potsdam family displaced following blaze; cause of fire remains under investigation
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 9:20 am

By MATT LINDSEY

WEST POTSDAM — Firefighters were able to save a home from being a total loss following a Monday fire at 53 Barker Road Ext., according to West Potsdam Fire Chief Ron Forbes.

Firefighters from West Potsdam, Norwood and Potsdam battled the blaze, which was reported around 3:40 p.m.

“We were able to knock it down in 15 to 20 minutes and contain it to one room,” he said.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Because of a quick response, and the homeowners being home, the home was not a complete loss.

“There was smoke coming from inside the building when we pulled up,” he said. “It had been smothering for awhile.”

Forbes did not release the names of the people living in the home but said it was two adults with several children.

The home was insured and the family was staying with friends, Forbes said.

No injuries were reported.