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Area fire departments kept busy Sunday

Jan. 22—Area fire departments in Chenango and Otsego counties were kept busy Sunday.

A fire was reported at 31 Greene Street in New Berlin at 2:52 early Sunday morning Matthew L. Beckwith, fire coordinator and director of Chenango County Office of Emergency Services, said in an email. The large building "was a multi-functional building that included apartments and a large area (warehouse type) that was used for storage," he said.

Beckwith said the New Berlin, Pittsfield, South New Berlin, Norwich, Edmeston, Morris, Sherburne and West Edmeston departments responded to the fire. The Sherburne EMS and the Chenango County Office of Emergency Services and Chenango County OES — Fire Investigation Division also responded to the scene. The American Red Cross was called to assist the tenants of the building.

All units were back in service at 10:19 a.m., Beckwith said, however, they did go back a couple of times as the fire rekindled. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire departments from three counties responded to 643 Lockwood Hill Road in the town of Unadilla at about 9:32 a.m. Sunday, Otsego County Emergency Services Coordinator Victor F. C. Jones said in an email. The fire originally was reported as a fire in a shed within close proximity to a house that eventually spread to the house. It was in the Mount Upton Fire Protection District and the Gilbertsville, Sidney and Wells Bridge fire departments and the Afton EMS responded to the scene of the fire, while Franklin and Otego fire departments were on standby. The cause of the fire was ruled as accidental and no injuries were reported, Jones said.

The Morris Fire Department, along with its pre-plan mutual aid departments consisting of Garrattsville, Gilbertsville, West Laurens and South New Berlin, were all dispatched Sunday evening for a separate structure fire at 422 Pegg Road, Jones said. The Pittsfield Fire Department provided an additional tanker and the Laurens and New Berlin EMS squads also responded to the fire. There were no injuries, and the house is uninhabitable, he said. The cause of that fire was also ruled accidental.