SOUTH CORNING - The owner of a West Caton Road home that was badly engulfed with flames at about 8 p.m. Monday would like to thank all of the area firefighters who fought the blaze and safely evacuated his family.
“The fire departments were just absolutely incredible,” said Marc Efthimiou, owner of the 10995 West Caton Rd. home. “The way they responded, the way they worked with the family and worked together with different companies was incredible.”
South Corning Fire Chief Adam Nehring said at 8:13 p.m., South Corning Fire was dispatched for a reported structure fire with entrapment at 10995 West Caton Road.
Firefighters arrived at the scene and confirmed working fire with heavy fire on the back side of the structure, Nehring said. Building evacuations were completed ensuring all residents of the home were out and in a safe area.
First alarm assignments included South Corning, Corning City engine, Caton Fire tanker, North Corning engine, East Corning engine and AMR Ambulance, Nehring said.
Upon arrival a second alarm was called bringing additional resources from Caton Fire, North Corning Fire, Big Flats fire, Painted Post fire, Gang Mills fire and Lindley fire.
Nehring said building construction played a major role in the stubbornness of this fire. Void spaces, roofs built over roofs, plywood walls and ceilings, and common attic spaces made it difficult to gain access to the seat of the fire.
The heavy lumber construction, as well as the persistence and talent of the crews on scene kept the most severe damage to the rear of the structure, Nehring said. Coordinated ventilation control was also used to keep the fire at bay.
“Support from the community has just been unbelievable,” Nehring said. “We are just really thankful number one that nobody was injured and number two that we just have such an incredible community surrounding us.”
Nehring said additional assets were requested from Painted Post fire, East Campbell fire, Coopers Plains fire, Hornby fire, Lawrenceville fire and Town and Country fire for suppression assistance and water supply.
Steuben County EMO, Steuben County Fire Investigators, New York State Police and NYSEG assisted on scene as well.
Irreplaceable family items, including jewelry, instruments, pictures, flags, medicine and many other items were saved from fire, smoke or water damage, Nehring said. The family is being assisted by the Red Cross.
Nehring said the cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.