Firefighter recovers wedding ring after fire destroys home in Altamont


ALTAMONT, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A home in the Hilltowns was destroyed by an early morning fire on Tuesday.

The family was sound asleep when their family was awakened by their dog and alerted to the flames told them to get out of the house.

With no time to spare, Paul and Theresa Oliver, tell me they grabbed their dog and jumped out their bathroom window.

Within minutes, their home of nearly 30 years was consumed by these heavy flames.

Firefighters across Albany County arrived at 6051 Gardner Road just before 4 a.m. Tuesday to find they had their work cut out for them.

Albany County Fire Coordinator Jerry Paris says the fast-moving flames had made a good head start on them.

“Fire is multiplying every 30 seconds so when the first arriving chief got here we had a well involved fully involved structure,” Paris said.

To make matters worse, there are no hydrants in this rural part of town.

“You have to establish that water source first is hitting a hydrant and laying in,” Paris said. “There’s your water source, well we don’t have that option out here in the hill towns.”

Firefighters immediately pulled water from a small pond in the front yard to get water on the fire before calling in seven other departments and their tankers.

“There is no public water out this way. So all the water had to be trucked in and pulled from ponds which hampered the fire suppression capabilities of the fire department.”

Despite their efforts, the home could not be salvaged.

Everything was gone, except for a wedding ring. The ring was plucked from the ashes and debris after a firefighter overheard the wife say she left it on the kitchen counter after washing the dishes Monday night.

It’s a silver lining during a time of such despair.

Around 12 fire departments all together were on scene.

There is no word on how the fire started.

The fire is under investigation by the Guilderland Police Department.


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