by Andrew Martin
2013 did not start off well for one Cambridge family. A fire on New Year’s Day quickly consumed the home of a family living on Circling Hawk Road, which sits just off Covey Road on the Underhill and Cambridge town line.
According to Cambridge Fire Department Chief Alan Cary the fire started at approximately 3 p.m., and by the time local fire departments and emergency responders arrived on scene the building had been almost entirely consumed by the blaze. Any efforts to save what remained of the structure were hampered by the nearly half mile of unplowed driveway that led to the home. The condition of the road made it inaccessible to nearly all of the vehicles available to any of the local departments.
According to Cary, the owners of the building were living in the house at the time of the fire but both individuals were able to escape the blaze. The homeowners actually attempted to fight the fire on their own and nearly succeeded in putting it out before it flared up again and consumed the house.
While the cause of the fire had not yet been determined it is not thought to be suspicious at this point. Cary explained that a likely source of the fire could be the generator that was going at the house, but nothing is certain at this time. The house was declared a total loss.
Several departments responded to the blaze. Along with the Cambridge Fire Department, which had control of the scene due to the house’s location in Cambridge, other organizations that responded included the Underhill and Jericho Fire Departments, Cambridge Rescue, and several other fire departments.
While the house was a total loss there were nearly four feet of ashes and debris left over from the fire, and according to Cary his department and several others used ATVs on tracks and an excavator to clean up the site for the homeowners. A call to the Red Cross was also placed for the family.