By Jeffery Smith email@example.com
PAINTED POST - No one was injured during late Thursday morning fire that badly damaged a two-floor apartment home on Bronson Street.
The Painted Post and Corning City fire department, and local police arrived at 318 Bronson St., at about 11:10 a.m., to fight the fire, said Painted Post Village patrolman Tod Kimmey. Officials believe the fire started in the upper floor kitchen.
“They don’t know the exact cause,” Kimmey said. “Just where it started.”
Mike Rawleigh, owner of the building, said he was at Home Depot, when he first heard about the fire.
“Coming across the bridge and seeing the smoke, I was just hoping no tenants where there,” Rawleigh said. “Luckily no one was. Sure I don’t want to see the house damaged, but I was more worried about the tenants.”
Rawleigh said both the upper and lower apartments are occupied.
Corning Fire Chief Brad Davies said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The extent of the damage to the two-story building is not currently known.
Rawleigh said the Bronson Street home, assessed for $81,348, is one of 28 homes he and his brother own throughout Steuben County.
“We’ve had a lot of work done on this home this summer,” Rawleigh said. “New siding, new window, a lot of work inside. It’s tough to see this happen, but luckily no one was injured.”