CLAVERACK–Fire ripped through a ranch-style home here this afternoon (Tuesday.) Firefighters from Claverack, Churchtown, Greenport and Mellenville were able to keep the flames confined to the house.
A recently opened Mexican restaurant, the Coyote Flaco, is next door to the house. It received only smoke damage.
The home, at 6034 Route 9H/23, is believed to be the home of two of the employees of the restaurant, according to sources at the scene. The blaze left them homeless. The Red Cross has been called to the scene to provide assistance.
Columbia County’s Cause and Origin team is investigating the cause.