SOUTH OTSELIC – According to local residents and firemen, Sunday was a sad day for South Otselic, which saw the demise of a historic building due to a raging fire.
City of Norwich Fireman Travis Burlingame said the fire at the beloved building named the “Cox Block” in South Otselic – off of state Highway 26 – was reported at approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14. It was initially reported as a “stove fire” in a kitchen.
South Otselic firemen responded to the scene, along with a ladder truck from Norwich and an engine and tanker from Pharsalia and Cincinnatus. Pharsalia, Cincinnatus, Plymouth, Smyrna, Georgetown, Norwich and DeRuyter fire stations were among those who responded to the fire.
The first fire chief on the scene reported a stove fire in an apartment above the South Otselic General Store. The chief requested a ladder truck from Cincinnatus and a “full response” or “all equipment” from DeRuyter.
“It was an older building fire that spread rapidly. Before long, the whole structure was on fire,” said Burlingame.
Georgetown and Plymouth were quickly requested for an engine and tanker. Smyrna was requested for manpower and two additional tankers.