Fire at Glendale Road house in Amherst causes extensive damage
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AMHERST — A fire at a two-story South Amherst house causing substantial damage before it was extinguished Wednesday morning.
No one was at the home when the fire started and no injuries were reported.
Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said three engines, 11 firefighters and members of the call and student forces responded at 9:20 a.m. to 214 Glendale Road after a passer-by and a neighbor saw smoke coming from the rear.
An addition on the rear of the home was destroyed.
Nelson described the response as a “good, quick knockdown” of the fire, with firefighters getting it under control within a half-hour. Some firefighters remained to prevent any hot spots from flaring up.
Smoke and water damage was extensive and will prevent residents from returning.
The town’s building and electrical inspectors were on the scene and have condemned the home. There is no cost estimate for the damage.
The home is owned by Savann Seing and is assessed at $235,700, according to the town’s property records.
The American Red Cross is assisting the residents displaced by the fire.
Nelson said a three-member investigation team was on the scene most of Wednesday trying to determine how the fire started at the rear of the building..
“There’s no cause yet, but it doesn’t seem to be suspicious,” Nelson said.