Schuyler County home destroyed early morning fire, cause released

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ODESSA, N.Y. (WETM) – A home in Schuyler County was destroyed in an early morning fire on the 5200 block of CR. 14 on New Year’s Eve.

The Odessa Fire Department tells 18 News that the home was under renovation and the cause was an electrical box malfunction in the basement. The two-story woodframe home was vacant at the time and that all the walls were removed, leading to the fire’s intense and fast spread.

The three-alarm fire prompted responses from across the Southern Tier and included departments from Burdett, Montour Falls, Watkins Glen, Mecklenburg, Newfield, Millport, & Town & Country.

The Valois Logan Hector Fire Company stood by in Odessa to cover calls. Schuyler Ambulance responded and stood by at the scene and one firefighter suffered minor injuries but did not require treatment.

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police, Schuyler County Emergency Management and N.Y.S.E.G responded to assist at the scene. The Schuyler County Fire Investigation Team responded to the scene to assist with cause and origin determination. 

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