Six Homeless After Johnson City Fire
A two-alarm house fire in Johnson City forced three adults and three young children to flee.
Authorities said the blaze at 368 Grand Avenue was reported at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday.
Village fire marshal Paul Hlebica said a second alarm was called in nine minutes later. He said Johnson City firefighters were assisted by units from Binghamton.
Hlebica said the fire was reported by residents of the two-story house. He said they were able to escape without injury. No firefighters were hurt as they battled the blaze.
Hlebica said the fire was confined to the attic of the wood-frame structure. He said the first and second floors sustained water and smoke damage.
The fire was brought under control after about 15 minutes. Firefighters were on the scene for more than five hours, extinguishing hot spots to prevent the blaze from flaring up.
The cause of the blaze was under investigation. Hlebica said it appeared to be accidental in nature.
The six residents left homeless by the fire were being assisted by the American Red Cross.
Firefighters rescued several pets, including cats and an iguana. They were returned to the family.
This story was updated with additional information provided by the Johnson City Fire Department.
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