Firefighters hosed down what was left of a detached garage and barn at 590 Paradise Road in Danube nearly seven hours after first responding Wednesday to the scene of the massive fire.
Herkimer County Emergency Services Manager Robert Vandawalker said that the call to county 911 came in at 6:36 a.m. He said by the time he arrived, St. Johnsville, Little Falls and Dolgeville units were at the scene.
“They were still calling for units,” he said.
Vandawalker said three structures on the property were affected by the fire, which spread quickly.
“It started in a detached garage and it caught the house and the barn,” he said. “They were really close by each other.
“It’s a very old estate there ... a farm homestead,” he said. “The barn was old. ... The barn and detached garage were a total loss. The house suffered damage to one side of the house and the roof.”
Vandawalker said no animals were inside either of the structures; they were being used for storage of hay, crops and equipment.
Vandawalker said multiple tanker engines responded dozens of times to help supply water.
“They can carry only so much water and they’re using thousands of gallons per minute,” he said, noting that portable ponds also were set up to help extinguish the fire. “You need a lot of tankers to fill those needs.”
Boxes of Stewart’s Shop coffee, bottles of water and other refreshments were brought in to help replenish the firefighters who were at the scene for hours.
“When we got there, it was so hot, you couldn’t be near the scene. The heat was awful,” Vandawalker said. “The firefighters do get depleted. ... (they needed to) keep hydrated.”
Vandawalker said investigators haven’t determined the cause of the fire.
At least 12 departments responded to the fire from Herkimer and Montgomery counties. He said Fulton County departments also were used for stand-by during the fire. Ambulance services from MOVAC and AMR were at the scene.