Multi-structure fire on Charles Street

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Multiple garage fires broke out Sunday evening on the 1200 block of Charles Street.

The fire department received the call around 8 p.m. with Southport, Pine City, and Wellsburg responding to heavy fire at one of the garages.

According to Southport Fire Department Chief James Allington, the fire started in a detached garage and spread to a neighbor’s garage. Neither homes were severely damaged.

“We came, found heavy fire,” Chief Allington said. “The whole garage is totally involved, including a neighboring garage-that suffered heavy fire damage.”

18 News also spoke with the neighbor who’s garage caught fire and they said they were relieved fire crews came fast.

“We were just heading to bed,” said Lisa Blanchette, the neighbor whose garage caught fire. “The girl across the street came pounding on the door, and we heard her yelling ‘fire.’ So we got dressed, and grab the dogs, and went outside and called 911. I thought the house was going to catch on fire. So I was just trying hoping the fire crew got here before the home caught fire.”

No injuries have been reported and the fire is under investigation by the county fire investigators.

18 News will have more on this story as information becomes available.

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