Old Forge Fire Department responds to calls over July 4th holiday weekend

Old Forge Fire Chief Charlie Bogardus reported two fire calls over the Fourth of July weekend.

Old Forge fire personnel responded to an early morning fire on Saturday, July 6 at Tony Harper’s Pizza & Clam Shack on Main Street, Old Forge.

According to Chief Bogardus, the fire appeared to have started from smoldering material in a planter outside the door of the restaurant.

At the time of the call, occupants of the apartments above the restaurant were evacuated with the assistance of Town of Webb Police Chief John Russell and Officer Tony Sege.

The fire was extinguished and there were no reported injuries. The restaurant experienced some water damage but was able to open the same day, Bogardus said.

On Sunday afternoon, July 7 the fire department was dispatched to a structure fire on Okara Lakes East Road.

According to Bogardus, the fire originated in the kitchen and extended into the attic.

The fire was extinguished with the help of a  Remsen emergency vehicle which happened to be closeby at the time of the call.

No injuries were reported, Chief Bogardus said.

Fire personnel remained at the scene for a while once the fire was extinguished to assure there was no extension of the fire and to remove burned debris from the structure.

Chief Bogardus reported that approximately 25 area fire and police personnel responded to  each of the calls and stated it was a good turnout for a busy weekend.

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