Multiple departments from around Chemung County responded to a structure fire in Erin on Saturday, with sirens ringing out as firefighters rushed to the scene. The fire was reported at around 12:20 p.m. at 984 Breesport Road in Erin.
Witnesses at the scene observed flames coming from the roof of the two-story structure, with heavy smoke billowing as fire crews worked to put out the fire. The inside of the building was charred, and the windows were broken out as firefighters used hoses to battle the flames.
Tanker trucks had to be continuously used to deliver water to a reservoir set up in the driveway as no local water source was nearby. Neighbors reported that a woman lived at the residence with her pets, but she was able to make it out of the building while her animals were left behind.
New York State Police and Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputies closed down Breesport Road to traffic as crews from Erin, VanEtten, Breesport, Town and Country, Horseheads, East Hill, and Baldwin all worked to extinguish the fire. NYSEG was also requested to the area, and the power to the residence was cut.
As of now, the cause of the fire is unknown, and 18 News will update the situation if more information becomes available. The fire has caused significant damage to the structure, leaving the woman without a home and her pets. The coordinated efforts of multiple departments from around the county have helped to prevent the fire from spreading further and minimizing the damage to the surrounding areas.
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