HOOSICK FALLS, NY>> A small family was unable to return to their home on Thanksgiving night after a structure fire in Hoosick Falls. Firefighters responded to the fire at 62 High St. Thursday night around 5 p.m. An investigation proved improper installation of a pellet stove caused the fire.
Fire Chief Paul Aleksonis estimated damage to be worth $30,000. Visible blows resulted on the front and side of the house, while the entire framework is still intact.
"There was quite a bit of damage," he said. "The family could not go back in after and the American Red Cross was able to assist the family."
Two adults and one child resided in the home, Aleksonis said.
According to the department's Facebook page, Hoosick Falls Fire Department station 17 quickly attacked flames on the first and second floor. Crew 172 of six firefighters handled the inside while a crew of 16 from station 25 worked on the outside.
About the same time, the page posted a reminder to residents when installing wood stoves or pellet stoves. It read, "please have a professional installation done. You must also contact the Village code enforcement so that he can inspect it and make sure it's up to code."
Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be contacted at 802-447-7567, ext. 118.