Animals die in house fire

The fire that occurred at a residence on Ridge Road in the town of Cortlandville Monday evening. (Photo via the Cortlandville Fire Department).

Local firefighters managed to put out a house fire in the town of Cortlandville in less than an hour, but “several” animals died in the fire Monday evening, according to a release from the Cortlandville Fire Department.

Cortlandville, along with the McGraw and Homer Fire Departments, responded to a reported garage fire on Ridge Road in the town on Monday. The location was found with “heavy fire” from the attached garage, which extended to the house and vehicle parked in the driveway.

This prompted fire departments to call for additional assistance, the release noted. Firefighters made an “aggressive interior attack” and contained the fire to two rooms in the house, the release continued.

The release stated the fire was under control in 45 minutes. The house sustained “significant” fire damage, as well as heat and smoke damage. The garage portion of the home was a “total loss,” said Cortland assistant fire chief Mike Biviano, as was the vehicle in the driveway.

Aside from the animals that perished in the fire, no injuries were reported. Residents of the home were assisted by the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the New York State Office of Fire and Prevention Control.

The Homer, McGraw, Virgil, Cincinnatus, Truxton and Marathon fire department assisted Cortlandville on scene. The McLean, Groton and Killawog fire departments provided standby coverage.

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, the Cortland County Department of Emergency Response and Communications, TLC-EMS, the Cortlandville Highway Department and the NYS OFPC also assisted on scene.