CORNING, N.Y. (WETM) – UPDATE One person is dead after a multi-alarm fire broke out in Corning this afternoon. 18 News was first on the scene as fire crews battled the blaze. Fire Chief Brad Davies says this incident is still under investigation.
“At 3:05 this afternoon the City of Corning Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at a single family home on 11, West Hazel Street on the north side of the City of Corning. Fire Department arrived in four minutes. At the time of their arrival, they found fire on the first and second floors of the residence. The fire was put under control in under an hour. There was one minor firefighter injury. The firefighter was treated and released at the scene. There is a fire fatality as a result of this incident. The fire is still under investigation and I expect that it’ll be some time before our investigation is complete.”Brad Davies, City of Corning Fire Chief
Reports of the fire came in shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Heavy smoke is coming out of the home, which has been severely damaged. Crews were able to get the fire under control by 4:30 p.m. aside from occasional hot spots.
According to multiple witnesses and our media partner The Leader, an explosion was heard near the home around 3 p.m.
East Corning, South Corning, Painted Post, and Corning Fire Department, along with EMS and Corning Police, are among the first responders who reported to the scene.
A cause remains unknown at this time.
This is a developing story and 18 News will have more information as it becomes available.