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A Harriman fire Friday night heavily damaged aresidential home that was being prepared for occupation.
Harriman firefighters were called to 516 Henderson St. around 10:30 p.m. and fought the fire while neighbors watched from their yards.
At one point — before Harriman Utility Board crews shut off the electricity — a live line to the home was a concern.
Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said it appears the fire started somewhere in the rear of the home.
“We actually were back on Saturday. We found several breakers that were tripped,” Goss said.
“Right now, there is nothing that appears suspicious. He (the homeowner) was doing some kind of remodeling. Nothing has been ruled out at this time,” Goss said.
Rumors were circulating the fire may have been set.
“There were some stories floating around the other night. It is all bogus. Nothing is panning out,” Goss said.
He said until insurance investigators make a determination, it doesn’t appear anything criminal occurred.
Neighbors saw the fire and called 911, but from the time it was noticed until firefighters arrived moments later it was already shooting out of the roof.
The occupant, Jackie Stanley, had been working on the home periodically.
He watched as firefighters fought the blaze.