Fire crews battle two-structure blaze, dry grass

COVENTRY – Fire crews from multiple area fire departments worked into the early morning hours of Monday to knock down a fire that destroyed a home, barn and multiple vehicles.

According to Chenango County dispatch records, a call from a bystander came into the 911 call center at approximately 11:30 p.m. prompting mutual aid calls to Afton, Greene, Bainbridge, Harpursville, Brisben and West Collesville fire companies to the scene located at 836 State Highway 235, approximately five miles south of the Hamlet of Coventry.

Upon arrival to the scene, bystanders indicated that the barn structure was completely involved and that the blaze quickly spread to the mobile home positioned merely feet away.

According to Coventry Fire Chief Daron Schultes, both structures were fully involved and “burned to the ground” upon arrival of first-responders. The mobile home was in the process of being renovated and new building materials were stacked on the front porch – ironically, the only portion of the structures to not burn.

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