Clifton Park home a total loss after morning fire

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – A blaze in Clifton Park Thursday morning proves a tough challenge for the Jonesville Fire Department.

“No water, no hydrants,” said Jonesville Fire Chief, Luke Pasquarell.

And that was a major problem for the Jonesville Fire Department as it responded to a blaze at a home at 2042 route 9 Thursday morning. Neighbors watched as nine other fire departments arrived on scene to help battle the flames, filling tanks from the closest water source.

“Roughly a mile away. Ushers Road and Commerce Drive,” said Chief Pasquarell.

Fortunately no one was inside the home when the fire started, but none the less it still had neighbors extremely concerned. Tim Neet owns an auto body shop across the road from the house and his own house right next door.

“It concerns me that I have kids that sleep upstairs in my house and there's no fire hydrants or any water available here to put a major fire like that out,” said Neet.

Another business owner just down the road echoed the same.

“As business owners here we're extremely concerned,” said owner of Jimapco, Christina Fisk.

Christina Fisk says nearly 30 years ago when her store opened her request for a public water source was denied. Now she thinks it should be looked into again as business has grown in her area.

“The major corridor from Clifton Park to Saratoga this is not in the back woods,” said Fisk.

Fisk believes the town of Clifton Park should be responsible for providing the water.

“I don't think that an immediate response would be that it would be our financial obligation to do that,” said Fisk.

But she was wrong. Clifton Park Town Supervisor, Phil Barrett says the best way to bring water to the area would be by creating a water district. Barrett says it would be the residents responsibility to pay for it.

“I'm more than happy to run the numbers for them and guide them through the process but there is a cost to folks that receive the benefits,” said Barrett.

The Saratoga County Fire Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.



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