Separate House Fires in Cortland Sunday Kept Rescuers Busy
Cortland City Firefighters responded to a pair of house fires on Sunday.
Just after 8:30 Sunday morning the Cortland Fire Department responded to a fire at 160 South Main Street.
Upon arrival firefighters found smoke and flames in the second floor apartment of the two family home.
City Fire Chief Chuck Glover said the fire was called in by neighbors who were alerted to the fire by a resident living the home. Everyone was able to get uninjured.
Firefighters quickly located a fire in a bedroom closet, due to the heavy smoke condition rescuers were forced to remove windows on the second floor of the home. The fire was under control in about 20 minutes. The second floor apartment suffered moderate smoke and some heat damage and was not livable until repairs are made. The first floor apartment received minor water damage and was considered safe, the resident living there along with his five cats were allowed to return to the home.
City Police also responded to the scene and were interviewing the resident living in the 2nd floor apartment, investigators removed items from the house. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
A few hours later Cortland Firefighters to another house fire, this time rescuers responded to a home at 10 1/2 Venette Street.
Just after 2:30 firefighters were called to a reported dryer fire at the 3 unit apartment house there.
A woman living in the home reported she could see flames behind the clothes dryer, everyone evacuated the house.
Firefighters quickly located a fire in the laundry room and extinguished it. Firefighters remained on the scene to vent smoke from the apartment.
Cortlandville and Homer provided back-up coverage for both calls.
Fortunately in both cases firefighters had access to fire hydrants near-by in each location.
With all the snow residents are reminded to shovel out both sides of hydrants on or near their property.