Andes residents left homeless by fire

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By Brian Sweeney
Fire destroyed a home on Fall Clove Road, Andes on Sunday morning.
The blaze was spotted about 9 a.m. Sunday and fire officials said the one-story home was fully involved in flames when they arrived.

Jim Darling owns the home and shares the premises with Laura Emery. Delaware County Emergency Services Director Rich Bell said that Ms. Emery was awakened by a smoke alarm and discovered the fire. She then went to notify Mr. Darling of the situation. He was already at work on the family farm across the road.

More than 30 firefighters from Andes, Delhi and Bloomville fought the blaze with water from a nearby stream, but could not save the ranch home.

Mr. Bell, said that the house measured approximately 1,350 square feet and was a total loss.
County fire investigators said the blaze started in the basement and the cause has been determined to be “wood stove related.”

No injuries were reported, but the owners were still trying to determine the whereabouts of a family cat. The Andes Fire Department remained on the scene until about 1:45 p.m.
The occupants of the home were reportedly staying at the family farm.