Hopewell home a ‘total loss’ after Pearl St. fire just outside Clifton Springs

Officials report that the structure fire just south of Clifton Springs on Pearl St., technically in the Town of Hopewell, was a defensive firefight only.

The fire broke out around 4 am, at a house still being built, according to reports on the ground. WHEC reports that the owner’s family was set to move into the home in less than a month.

Neighbors told WHEC that by the time they heard the fire trucks arriving on-scene, the home was fully-involved. When firefighters first arrived, they were unable to go on offense — resulting in the home being a complete loss.

Seneca Castle, Manchester, and Port Gibson fire departments all responded to the scene with varying levels of manpower and equipment.

Investigators are now on-scene, as the fire has been brought under control.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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