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FORT EDWARD — A home on McKie Street was destroyed by fire early Monday, the blaze also damaging the next-door village of Fort Edward Department of Public Works building.

Fort Edward Fire Chief Matt Hurlburt said the fire was reported just after 2:30 a.m. and firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed by flames.

No injuries were initially reported. The two-story home at 5 McKie was vacant at the time of the fire, its lone resident staying with family members for a few days.

Two vehicles in the driveway also appeared to have been seriously damaged.

Hurlburt said the DPW building suffered damage when an electrical wire connected to it burned off and a power outage occurred in the area. But firefighters kept the building from significant damage, even though it stands just a few feet from the home that burned.

Hurlburt said the cause remained under investigation later Monday, but the fire was not considered suspicious. The area of origin was unclear, but Fort Edward fire investigators, Washington County and state fire investigators and Fort Edward Police were looking into it.

“It’s kind of hard to tell with all of the damage. Everything is charred,” he said.

Investigators appeared to be looking closely at an area just inside the front door as of early Monday morning.

Fort Edward Police Chief Justin Derway said later Monday that the cause remained undetermined, but the fire appeared to have started in a front room on the first floor.

County property tax records show the home was built in 1900 and is owned by Shane Morehouse.

Firefighters from Kingsbury, South Glens Falls and Hudson Falls provided mutual aid.

McKie is a one-block street off Wing Street and Lincoln Avenue, with railroad tracks running next to it. A home next door at 7 McKie burned in November 2011, leaving a family of six homeless, but it has since been knocked down and the lot remains vacant.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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