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News Update, Thurs., Sept. 18, 2014

Toddler unaccounted for in Amish farmhouse fire in Busti; several fire departments called to fire scene...

A young child is unaccounted for after flames broke out on the second-floor of a two-and-a-half story Amish farmhouse in the town of Busti -- near the Harmony town line.  Busti Fire Chief Mike Volpe says crews were called to the scene at 4835 Kortwright Rd. just after 2 p.m.  Volpe says they quickly called out for mutual aid because a number of family members were reportedly trapped inside the burning home.  Volpe says firefighters initially tried to make an entry to the second-floor but, were turned back by the flames.  He says they tried again later... and, were still looking for the toddler early this evening.  Volpe says the rest of the family members escaped the flames safely.  He says multiple fire companies were called in due to a need for manpower... and, tanker trucks to help get water to the scene.  Volpe adds a "Mayday" was put out for a couple of volunteers while firefighters were inside the structure when the floor collapsed.  The firefighters were pulled out safely with very minor injuries... but, Volpe says the situation was "hairy for a few mintues."  At that point... he says they went to a defensive posture to attack the fire.  The blaze was deemed under control about 3:30 p.m.  The search for the toddler was still underway as of 5 p.m.