Early-morning fire destroys garage in Broadalbin; no injuries

BROADALBIN – A fire destroyed a garage at 452 Route 29 early this morning, destroying tools and household items.

Bill Kline, who owns the garage, said someone stopped their vehicle in front of their house around 4 a.m. and started honking the horn.

“My wife heard it – she started coming down – and the guy said he had seen smoke coming out of the building,” Kline said.

Kline said 25 goats were kept around the garage, but none of them appeared injured. The garage contained woodworking tools and household items, he said.

“The only thing that I salvaged was my tractor, and that was it,” Kline said.

Only portions of the metal walls were left standing. An excavater was on the scene to finish the demolition this morning.

“We aren’t left without a house and home, thank goodness,” Kline said.

Kline said electric and water for their home was routed through the garage, so those utilities would need to be reactivated to their home.

Broadalbin Kennyetto Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scot Hall said it took firefighters an hour to get the fire under control because of the garage’s metal siding.

“I was the first one on scene with the [Fulton County] sheriff’s deputy, and [the fire] was fully involved,” Hall said.

Hall said when the wood frame collapsed, the metal had fallen on top of it.

Hall said departments from Galway, Perth, Mayfield and Providence were on the scene to assist.

A cause has not been determined, but Kline suggested it could have been from a heating lamp for the goats.

The building used to be an antique warehouse for Scotty’s Auctions.