House damaged with explosion and fire

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VALATIE – An explosion and fire of
unknown origin caused significant structural damage to a house at 4101
Elm Street in the Village of Valatie late Wednesday morning.

Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 11:20 a.m. call
in which no one was injured. A man who was inside at the time of the explosion,
told authorities he was not injured.

Sheriff’s investigators, the Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s
Office and investigators from the state Office of Fire Prevention and
Control are conducting a joint investigation into the cause of the explosion.

Also at the scene were Valatie Rescue Squad, Niverville Fire Department,
Valatie Water Department and building inspector.