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Harriman firefighters responded to a fire off Ruritan Road Monday morning.
“Upon arrival of the first engine we had extensive heavy smoke that was coming from the whole structure,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said.
Nobody was home at the time. Ruth Hendrickson, the resident of the single-story home at 103 Douglas Way, was out of town, Goss said.
“The lady had been ill and had been staying with family out-of-town,” Goss said.
While smoke and heat damaged much of the house, the fire itself was contained to only a portion.
Flames were contained to the bathroom and a bedroom.
“The fire appeared to start in the bathroom area. It appeared to be an electrical fire,” Goss added.
The call came in about 7:55 a.m., and Harriman firefighters got the fire under control in about 30 minutes, Goss said.
They remained on scene until about 11:30.
Harriman police assisted in traffic control because the fire department had to lay a line to a water source across the roadway.
Goss said the fire happened right at shift change, which gave the department plenty of available manpower.
The department had probably 20 people there, including paid firefighters and volunteers.