THURMAN — A two-story home with an attached deck and walkout basement was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening.
Only a skeleton of the 3-bedroom colonial home at 100 Mud St., off of High Street, remained as firefighters worked the scene as darkness started to take hold.
The origin of the blaze is unknown, but Thurman First Assistant Chief Jeremy Bradway estimates the fire began in the first floor near the front entrance, which was a living room with an open staircase. He said the burn pattern helped him make that estimation.
The fire was called out at 5:10 p.m., but was well underway, he said. No one was reported in the building at the time of the fire, said Bradway, who was a 10-year chief before moving to first assistant.
“The fire had a pretty good head start,” Bradway said. “It’s hard to say (how much earlier it began compared to the call), but the homeowner said he left somewhere around 3:30-3:40 (p.m.).”
Bradway and the fire crew understood immediately upon arrival that the house was not savable.
“When I got here, the whole front of the building, from the road you can see, was completely involved,” Bradway said. “You couldn’t walk down past this truck (which was parked at the entrance of the long driveway) without feeling the heat excessively.”
According to Warren County Property Records, the home is owned by Eugene Jr. and Sara Barnaby. The just-over 1,400-square-foot home was built in 2005, records indicate.
Firefighters from Garnet Lake, Johnsburg, Stony Creek, Thurman and Warrensburg responded to the scene, as well as Warrensburg EMS. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Glens Falls Fire Investigators were also on scene.