Broadalbin home burns

BROADALBIN – Firefighters extinguished a blaze Thursday at a house on Rebisz Road.

Broadalbin-Kenyetto Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scot Hall said one person was home at the time of the fire, but the person got out safely.

Hall said the fire caused moderate damage to the structure, and it was not a complete loss.

He said officials are investigating the cause of the fire, which he said appeared accidental.

The house is located at 248 Rebisz Road. The owners, according to 2012 tax assessment records, are Kevin Buczkowski and Christina Buczkowski.

Firefighters from eight departments went to the scene of the fire around 10:45 a.m.

Responders from Berkshire, Broadalbin-Kenyetto, Hagaman, Galway, Mayfield, Middle Brook, Perth and Providence fire departments battled the blaze until around 3:30 p.m., with the Fort Johnson Volunteer Fire Company on standby.

Hall said the responders put out the fire quickly, but the cold weather made efforts more difficult.

“It makes everything slippery and the equipment not work so well,” he said. “But we didn’t have any serious equipment problems.”

The eight departments were necessary, Hall said, because of the time the fire broke out.

“It’s tough to get manpower during the day, so that’s why so many stations responded,” he said.

A Leader-Herald photographer covering the incident Thursday was instructed to leave the property by the owners. Later Thursday afternoon, a reporter was denied access to Rebisz Road by a fire official.