Area firefighters respond quickly to Wednesday fire

NORWICH – While an official investigation to determine the cause of a Wednesday fire that destroyed a Town of Norwich home is still underway, officials say that they're “99.9 percent” sure of what ignited the blaze.

The City of Norwich Fire Department Engine Company 234 responded to a working house fire at 1086 County Road 19 just minutes after the initial call was placed to the Chenango County 911 call center shortly after 1 p.m.

Mutual aid from Plymouth and Preston Fire Departments arrived shortly thereafter to assist Norwich command in knocking down the well-advanced fire that continued to rapidly spread.

Firefighters were successful in isolating fire damage to the kitchen and rear of the home; but due to water and heavy smoke damage, “the home will more than likely be a total loss,” according to Norwich Fire Chief Tracy Chawgo.

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