Summer cottage destroyed by fire

CALCUTTA – A fire of unknown origin Saturday night destroyed what appeared to be a summer cottage on Grimm’s Bridge Road.

Calcutta fire Chief Scott Smith said a tow truck driver spotted the blaze and alerted the department at 11:53 p.m.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the structure fully involved, with the walls and roof already caved in and on the ground, Smith reported.

“I don’t know if it’s a summer cottage and not even sure if it’s insured. There was electric power to it, and we had the power company come (to disconnect it),” Smith said.

The building was small, about 20-foot by 40-foot, according to Smith, who said there was no sign of anyone having been around.

“There wasn’t enough left to determine a cause,” he said.

Calcutta was assisted at the scene by Glenmoor Fire Department, and Liverpool Township Fire Department also responded but was sent to stand by on Calcutta’s floor after the nature of the blaze was identified, Smith said, adding, “We could only get three trucks back in there,” noting the cottage was at the end of a single lane driveway.

Negley Fire Department was also called out for standby but was canceled soon after Calcutta firefighters arrived on the scene.

Firefighters returned to the station at 1:45 a.m. and were just preparing to leave when they were called to stand by for Wellsville’s Station 6, which was battling a multiple-structure blaze.

Smith said his firefighters and those from Glenmoor and Liverpool Township were on standby for the Wellsville fire until about 6 a.m.