October 1, 2009
Fire destroys house on Cold Brook Road
Investigators are working to determine a cause for the blaze that began around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
SCOTT — John Amidon looked on with expressions of sadness and anger as the house he built 26 years ago was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening.
Firefighters were called to the house at 7374 Cold Brook Road after a passing family member reported the blaze after 6:30 p.m.
It was unclear how the fire started, said Homer Fire Chief Charles Ford.
He said the wooden two-story house was too engulfed to allow firefighters inside when they arrived at the scene.
“There were flames coming out of the windows, everywhere,” Ford said.
The house was a total loss and eventually collapsed. No one was injured.
Ford said no one was home at the time of the fire, adding the firefighters encountered difficulties because it took time to get enough water tankers to the scene.
Several of Amidon’s family members, none of whom wished to be identified for this article, said they were angered it took nearly 40 minutes before water arrived so firefighters could use their hoses on the blaze.
They crowded together across the street, watching the blaze.
They also were critical of firefighters’ timeliness, saying the house was already destroyed by the time efforts were made to extinguish the fire.
Amidon lost everything he owned in the fire and was not insured, they said. He declined to comment.
Family members said he built the house from the ground up, with help from a friend.
Built in 1983, the 1,246 square-foot house was asessed for $43,000, according to the Cortland County Real Property Tax Service.
Amidon is a master sergeant of 30 years and stationed at Fort Drum, family members said.
Firefighters from Spafford, Cortlandville and Preble were also at the fire scene.
Ford said Cortland County fire investigators would search the scene to determine what caused the fire. He declined to speculate on a possible cause.
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