Local firefighters knocked down a blaze that covered the entirety of a ranch-style house on Gee Brook Road in the town of Cincinnatus in the early-morning hours of Wednesday, according to a report from the Cincinnatus Fire Department.
Units responded to the fire shortly after 11:20 p.m., and firefighters had it under control in about an hour, said Cincinnatus deputy chief Corey Brenchley.
Brenchley noted that New York state investigators still need to determine the cause of the fire. He added a homeowner, along with a handful of dogs and cats, occupied the home but exited it safely. The individual was transported to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center for an evaluation.
According to Brenchley, the home is deemed a total loss. No other homes or buildings were affected by the fire.
“The boys did a heck of a job knocking (the fire) down,” Brenchley said.
The Cincinnatus Fire Department was assisted by units from Willet, Marathon, McGraw and Cortlandville. Smithville and Cuyler departments were on standby.