APRIL 6 UPDATE: VAN ETTEN, N.Y. (WETM) – First responders confirmed there were no injuries in the fire that severely damaged a home in Van Etten Tuesday evening, though crews remained on the scene until the early hours of the morning.
Community Fire and Rescue said that calls for the April 5 fire on Morton Road went out around 4:35 p.m. According to footage from a witness at the scene, the front of the house was engulfed in flames. The elderly resident originally believed to be home was instead at a friend’s house, and there were no other injuries or fatalities from the blaze.
Community Fire and Rescue said that at least a dozen fire departments responded because of a lack of a reliable water source and the time of day. Crews didn’t clear the scene until 3:00 a.m. on April 6. Crews reportedly had to use an excavator to overhaul the house.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, but officials don’t believe it to be suspicious. The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Fire Investigation team is investigating.
The responding departments from Chemung, Schuyler, Tompkins and Tioga Counties included Erin, Breesport, Baldwin, Chemung, Town and Country, Odessa, Newfield, West Danby, Spencer, Candor, Lockwood, and Waverly Barton. The Chemung County Office of Emergency Management, Van Etten Town Highway, Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and each county’s 911 centers assisted at the scene. The Village of Horseheads was on standby to cover the eastern side of Chemung County during the blaze.
VAN ETTEN, N.Y. (WETM) – Multiple departments responded a house fire in the Town of Van Etten Tuesday evening.
Reports of the fire came into 18 News a little before 5:00 p.m. on April 5. A reporter on the scene said a large amount of smoke was seen coming from the house on Morton Road. A witness told 18 News that the front of the home was engulfed in flames.
At least four fire departments responded, including Odessa, Van Etten, Lockwood, and Breesport. Mutual Aide from Tioga and Tompkins County was called into the scene.
Details are limited at this time, and there is currently no word on the extent of the damages or any injuries. 18 News will continue to follow this story and provide details as they become available.