A man was forced to jump from a second-story window to escape a fire Tuesday night in an apartment house on Elmira’s Southside.
Six dogs were killed in the fire; a seventh was rescued and is expected to survive.
The fire was reported shortly after 11 p.m. at 302 Lormore St., and the house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, according to Elmira Fire Chief Patrick Bermingham.
The upstairs tenant, Daniel Boik, jumped from a window to escape the flames. He believed the downstairs tenant, Victoria Crown, was still inside the house.
“It was reported as entrapment, and our guys searched feverishly, but they didn’t find her,” Bermingham said. “It turned out that she had been at the store.”
The six dogs killed were large-breed dogs that belonged to Crown, the downstairs tenant, he said.
A seventh dog owned by Crown was found alive in the home and was resuscitated.
“It was barely breathing when they brought it out, but they gave it oxygen, and it came around,” Bermingham said.
The home, owned by a landlord who lives outside the area, was heavily damaged. The American Red Cross is assisting both tenants.
The Southport Fire Department and the City of Elmira’s animal control officer assisted at the scene.
The cause is under investigation, but appears to be accidental in nature, Bermingham said.
It was one of two house fires Tuesday in the city.
An earlier fire, reported shortly before 5 p.m., heavily damaged a vacant home at 1110 Lake St.
Heat and flames also caused minor damage to the two houses on either side, Bermingham said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Elmira Heights Fire Department assisted at the scene.