Fire tore through a two-story house next to a homeless encampment along Nanticoke Creek in the town of Union.

The blaze on Glendale Drive was reported around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Fire destroyed a small house off Glendale Drive in the town of Union on December 20, 2023. Photo: West Corners Fire Department
Fire destroyed a small house off Glendale Drive in the town of Union on December 20, 2023. (Photo: West Corners Fire Department)
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Authorities said they believe no one was living in the structure at the time of the fire.

Flames were shooting through the roof of the small house when the West Corners fire chief arrived at the scene.

Smoke continued to pour from the Glendale Drive building hours after firefighters left the scene. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Smoke continued to pour from the Glendale Drive building hours after firefighters left the scene. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Access to the burning building was difficult because of its location some distance away from the roadway. The house is next to Nanticoke Creek, just east of Glendale Technology Park.

Firefighters battled the blaze only from the exterior of the building because of structural stability and limited access.

The fire was brought under control after about 20 minutes. Crews worked to extinguish pockets of flames for another two hours.

Glendale Technology Park is visible from a homeless encampment where a fire occurred on December 20, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Glendale Technology Park is visible from a homeless encampment where a fire occurred on December 20, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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According to the fire department, no injuries were reported. No information about the investigation was immediately available from New York State Police.

Tents and other items near the fire-damaged house indicated several people had recently been living in the area between Glendale Drive and the creek.

VIDEO: The scene of an early-morning fire that destroyed a house along Nanticoke Creek in the town of Union on December 20, 2023.

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