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Early Morning Fire Guts Home on Black Birch Lane

blackbirch(Updated at 12:51 pm Sunday) Fire broke out at a house at 29 Black Birch Lane in Scarsdale at 4 am on March 5. Firefighters arrived to find the house engulfed in flames and smoke. There were no reported injuries but the house appears to be totally destroyed.

Fire Chief Jim Seymour provided the following report after the fire was put out:

"We were dispatched at 4:04 am this morning to a possible structure fire at 33 Black Birch Lane. Just prior White Plains the Fire Department was dispatched to a street behind Black Birch for a reported fire. When White Plains arrived on the street behind Black Birch, the called in stating they could see a house fire in Scarsdale. Our Fire Department arrived at 4:07 and found the second floor of 29 Black Birch lane fully involved. Shortly after our arrival the roof in the rear of the house began to collapse and the building was too dangerous to enter. The fire was darkened down within the first hour and we remained on the scene until around 9:40 am putting out hot spots. The Westchester County Cause and Origin team is investigating. No one was home at the time and it appears the home was under some interior renovations. About 50 firefighters were on the scene. Mutual aid from White Plains, Hartsdale and Greenville assisted at the scene."

 A Village Press Release says: "The Scarsdale Building Department has contacted the owner's project architect and will be working early this week to get the site properly secured and demolished as soon as possible, as the structure appears to be a total loss."

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+2 #3 Fire Disptach 2017-03-06 11:08
Quoting Local resident:
Scarsdale Village says the fire was at 29 Black Birch (not 33)


The initial caller was from Hillair Circle in White Plains. Since he was calling from White Plains, the 911 operator sent WPFD. The call was then updated to say the fire was behind the caller and, in looking at a map, it appeared to be in the vicinity of 33 Black Birch Lane. When Scarsdale PD arrived, they reported it correctly as a fully engulfed fire of 29 Black Birch Lane.
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+2 #2 Harry 2017-03-06 11:00
I was out for an early-morning walk Sunday and turned away by police officer at intersection of Black Birch and Thornwood Place, who called it a "crime scene." Later in the day, the street in front and adjacent to the house was covered in salt, presumably applied to prevent ice. The house in question appeared thoroughly destroyed and property was cordoned off with yellow tape. Neighboring property appeared safe. We sincerely hope no one was injured fighting the fire and thank firefighters for the timely and effective response to a major fire very early on a Sunday morning.
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+1 #1 Local resident 2017-03-05 11:03
Scarsdale Village says the fire was at 29 Black Birch (not 33)
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