BALLSTON – A fire that broke out at 824 Randall Road has displaced three generations of one local family.
The Burnt Hills Fire Department was first to respond to report of a chimney fire at 11:26 a.m., Monday, Jan. 2, according to The Daily Gazette. Ron Malloch, 76, who has lived at the house his entire life, told The Gazette that his grandson, Anthony Malloch, 18, came downstairs to tell him about the fire and that the flames were waist high coming from a bedroom chimney.
Crews from Ballston Lake, Harmony Corners and Ballston Spa also responded to the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, The Gazette said.
“When I first got here, the fire had not broke through on the outside,” Burnt Hills Assistant Fire Chief Bill Crawford told the Gazette. “It was all heavy smoke. It was coming out of the eaves. I knew I had more fire than just in the chimney.”
Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to the main part of the house, but the the area where the fire started is unlikely to be salvaged. Malloch, who told The Gazette the house was built around the 1740s and has been on the market for more than a year as he seeks to downsize and retire. He said he’s unsure of what will happen with the house.
“We don’t have any idea yet. Everything’s so up in the air,” he told The Gazette. “Meanwhile, I gotta live someplace, too.”
In addition to Malloch and his grandson, his grandson’s girlfriend was in the house when the fire broke out, he told to The Gazette. All three escaped without injury. Malloch’s two sons live at the house as well but were not home at the time.
Anthony Malloch told The Gazette he moved in several months ago and is thinking about where he will live next. He lost some work clothes, while his girlfriend lost all of her clothes in the fire.
“I’m getting out of here,” he said.
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