NEW BALTIMORE, N.Y. - A structure fire in New Baltimore burned a farmhouse and garage to the ground on Sunday afternoon.
The New Baltimore Fire Department says the fire started near a wood stove left burning after the family had left their residence, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
When fire-fighters arrived at the home on Cole Lane in New Baltimore, the house and garage were already engulfed in flames. In a rural area without any fire hydrants it was a challenging task to put out the flames.
"We had to lay out a large diameter line to be able to supply water to put out the fire and that's what most of the companies were assisting with, just trucking water back and forth," said New Baltimore Assistant Fire Chief Scott VanWormer.
The family did lose three pets in the blaze but thankfully they were not home.
"Luckily there was no one inside. If there was we probably wouldn't have been able to go in and do an interior search and rescue operation at that time," said VanWormer.
Tackling the blaze proved to be a lengthy fight.
"Probably within at least a half hour, 45 minutes until we were able to knock the flames down to where it was just smoldering debris," said VanWormer.
There were two dogs and a cat that died in the fire, according VanWormer. The Red Cross is assisting the family with temporary housing and food.
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