Eleven people were displaced by a fire yesterday (December 2) that took place at a one-story ranch on Route 11 in Virgil.
The Virgil Fire department says it received a call around 11:40 yesterday morning for a home electrical fire near the intersection of Routes 11 and 392. It responded to the scene along with various other local fire departments.
The first arriving unit – a tanker/pumper crew from Marathon – reported smoke coming from the eves of the residence and immediately stretched two lines to begin extinguishing the fire.
Cortlandville and Virgil Chiefs soon arrived, along with engines from both Cortland and Virgil and a tanker from Cortlandville.
The fire was quickly brought under control and fully extinguished just passed noon.
The Cortland County Fire Investigation Team and NYS Fire Investigation teams were then requested to help with the fire investigation. Virgil Fire also remained on scene to assist with the investigation and recovery of items such as important papers, phones, keys and other personal items.
The scene was eventually turned back over to the home owner, but despite a swift response by firefighters who contained the blaze to just one room the house is still uninhabitable due to extensive smoke and heat damage.
In total, nine adults and two kids were displaced, along with four dogs. The Red Cross and Country Acers (Dog Warden) were on scene to assist them with housing and animal care.
Red Cross assistance typically includes funding for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers to help victims deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster.
Those affected will meet with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan.