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Cornwall home destroyed by fire

CORNWALL — Six fire companies were called to a house engulfed by fire at 83 Mohawk Mountain Road on Wednesday, Sept. 14, but despite all efforts, the single-family home was lost.

No injuries were reported. Five pets — two dogs and three cats — died in the fire.

Fire Marshal Stanley MacMillan, interviewed on Friday, Sept. 23, said homeowner Denise Classey discovered the fire when she returned home in the afternoon. The first of six fire companies was dispatched at 2:57 p.m.  Responding to the call were fire companies from Cornwall, Goshen, Bantam, Litchfield, Falls Village and Sharon.

Warren and Lakeville remained on standby to respond to any other emergency call that might arise.

MacMillan reported that the home stood about 2,500 feet back from the road, requiring the use of a tanker shuttle to transport water sourced from nearby Tyler Lake. A 5-inch diameter hose carried water 2,300 feet from the road to the site of the fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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