House fire, water main break kept New Hartford crews busy Tuesday

The fire started a little before 12 p.m. on Oxford Road, where the area is known to be a busy section of New Hartford.

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 3:01 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2019 10:49 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Crews responded to a house fire on top of a water main break in New Hartford Tuesday.

The fire started a little before 12 p.m. on Oxford Road, where the area is known to be a busy section of New Hartford.

WKTV learned the house is owned by wheelchair curling paralympian Jimmy 'Jam' Joseph. A Go Fund Me page is set up to help him and his family rebuild. You can donate by clicking on the link here.

Officials say no one was home when the fire started, and it was confined to second floor.

It appears there was heavy smoke and water damage to the building, and a water main broke in the same area because of the increase demand on the pipe. 

The Mohawk Valley Water Authority says that they shut the water off in the area at 2:20 p.m. to make the repair and are hoping to complete the work by 3:30 p.m.

There is no boil water advisory at this time. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the water main break was a result of the fire. 

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