A significant fire engulfed a home and a vehicle on Christmas evening in the town of Bath, with emergency services responding to the incident without any reported injuries.
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 7581 County Route 13 at around 10:37 p.m. on Monday, December 25, following a report by a passerby of a fully involved structure fire. Assistant Chief David Dowdle, who was first to arrive, confirmed the presence of a working fire in a manufactured home and a fully involved vehicle fire. Fortunately, all residents of the home, alerted to the fire by their dogs’ barking, had safely evacuated by the time of his arrival.
The fire department escalated the situation to a second alarm, calling for mutual aid from several neighboring areas including Bath VA, Avoca, Kanona, Hammondsport, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Savona, and Wayne. Units from Savona and Wayne provided standby assistance at the respective Bath and Hammondsport stations. Additional support included NYSEG for electric disconnection and Hometown Energy for handling a propane tank near the home, which vented from the heat but did not rupture.
The Steuben County Fire Investigation Team was also called to determine the cause of the fire. The fire units were cleared from the scene by 2:30 a.m. on December 26, and no injuries were reported from the incident.
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