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Red Cross Assisting Seven Displaced by McGraw Fire (updated)

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UPDATE – January 28, 2020

The American Red Cross reports that a total of seven residents were displaced by yesterday’s fire on Church Street in McGraw, all of whom are now under the organization’s care.

Those residents will now meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan.

In the meantime, the Red Cross is providing them with funding for temporary housing, food, clothing and health services, as needed.

Specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are also available to help those affected deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster.


ORIGINAL STORY – January 27, 2020

At least three McGraw residents were displaced this morning (January 26) in a reported structure fire that nearly destroyed their home at 15 Church Street.

Crews with McGraw Fire Department arrived first to the scene, after a bystander called 911 just past 8 a.m. and reported seeing heavy smoke emerging from the home, but no flames.

First responders immediately hooked up to a nearby hydrant on Church Street, not far from the intersection with Main Street.

Mutual aid arrived shortly afterwards from the Cortlandville and Cortland City Fire Departments, who were soon followed by others from Homer, Dryden and Cincinnatus.

American Red Cross volunteers also responded to assist at least three residents who are now displaced from their home.

“There was significant damage,” said Cortland Chief Wayne Friedman, who was at the scene this morning. “I couldn’t be exact about any numbers but they’re definitely not going to be able to live in their home for quite awhile.”

Friedman told WXHC the blaze took at least two hours to be fully brought under control.

We also left a voicemail with McGraw Fire Chief Jeff Sherwood and are awaiting a call back.

Emergency response teams with NYSEG also responded for inspection of the scene, as well as state fire investigators with the NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control.

They’re now working to figure out what exactly caused this morning’s incident.


Stay tuned with WXHC for any updates to this story.

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