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Canandaigua house fire remains under investigation; Residents alerted to flames by family dog

On February 9 around 2:30 a.m. Ontario County 911 received a report of a possible structure fire at 5515 Canandaigua Farmington Townline Road.

Firefighters from the Canandaigua Fire Department responded along with deputies from the sheriff’s office.

As deputies arrived on-scene they observed smoke coming from the roof of the single-family ranch home. The first firefighters on-scene declared a working fire.


The occupants, identified as an elderly woman and her grandson all made it out safely. News10NBC reports that the dog alerted the human residents to the fire, which started in the attic.

Fire crews made entry into the home and discovered the fire in the attic space. It was quickly extinguished, but due to the top elf insulation in the attic- proper overhaul took some time.

The fire loss was kept to a minimum, but unfortunately, due to some electrical circuits in the attic space being compromised- the home had to be evacuated.

The American Red Cross was notified and is helping the family with temporary living arrangements.

The City of Canandaigua Fire Investigation Team is leading the investigation. At this point, the cause of the fire is undetermined. However, no working smoke detectors were found in the home. Firefighters credited the family’s dog with alerting them to the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The Canandaigua Emergency Squad, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Canandaigua Town Code Enforcement, RG&E, and Red Cross all assisted the Canandaigua City Fire Department with the incident.

Firefighters were credited with doing a good job of mitigating the incident quickly to prevent a total loss of home.



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