RUTLAND CENTER — A two-story house in the town of Rutland is a total loss following a fire Wednesday afternoon.
The 28610 County Route 69 residence, belonging to Timothy S. and Amanda Schulz, was unoccupied at the time of the fire. A cat may have been in the residence, but its presence could not be confirmed.
The fire was reported around 2 p.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Pamela M. Farr, who lives across the street from the house, was eating lunch when the fire started toward the back of the house. Ms. Farr, who called 911, said the fire spread within a matter of seconds.
“The smoke started rolling up the window, and that was the end,” she said.
Ms. Farr said the Schulzes had completed a major renovation to the side of their home about two weeks ago, replacing their garage with an enclosed patio area.
Sitting with family next door after arriving at the scene, Mrs. Schulz declined to talk with the Times.
Timothy Eddy, assistant chief with the Rutland Volunteer Fire Department, said the location of the fire made it difficult for crews to get water.
Rutland firefighters were assisted at the scene by Copenhagen, Rodman, Felts Mills, Champion, Tylersville and Jefferson County fire crews, along with the city and town of Watertown departments.
State police and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies also responded to the scene.
One firefighter received medical treatment at the scene for heat exhaustion.
Video of the fire can be viewed at http://wdt.me/rutlandfire-0827.