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Published on Mar 6, 2012
This story was written by Daily Mail reporter, Doron Tyler Antrim KISKATOM — A fire destroyed the home of a retired Greenport Elementary School teacher in the Greene County hamlet of Kiskatom on Tuesday. Gail Curry was inside the house when she said the smoke alarm went off. She rushed to wake another woman inside the house — who was sleeping at the time — and get out. "By then the house was filled with smoke," Curry said. The situation could have been very different, as Curry explained that she was home only because she had canceled a doctor's appointment. She said she has no idea how the blaze started, but said it broke out in the den. The fire quickly spread through the large ranch-style house; flames shooting from the side of the house threatened the nearby detached garage, but firefighters were able to knock down the flames and save the garage from serious damage. Little was salvageable inside the house, however. As she watched Kiskatom and Palenville firefighters battle the smoky blaze, Curry lamented the loss of her possessions and family heirlooms, including a piano. "All of my pictures of my mother and father are gone," she said. She has lived in the house since the early 1970s. The fire was reported shortly before 4 p.m. It was put out about 1/2 hour later. The house is located at 355 Mountain Turnpike Road. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.