More than 50 area firefighters responded this morning (September 5) to a major house fire on Davis Road in the town of Groton, in the fire district of McLean.
First responders from McLean Fire Department arrived to the scene to find smoke and flames showing from the 2-story home.
They were quickly followed with mutual aid by Groton, Freeville, Dryden, Locke, Cortlandville, Homer, Lansing, and Cayuga Heights Fire Departments, along with Groton Ambulance, Tompkins County Dept. of Emergency Response, NYS Police, and NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Moravia Fire Department was on standby to cover additional calls in the area.
Crews brought the fire under control in about 40 minutes, but there was significant damage to the home.
Nobody was home at the time, but a pet cat was located inside the home without a pulse, which was treated at the scene and transported to Cornell Companion Animal Hospital.
NYSEG also responded to help crews with McLean Fire with final clean-up.
Investigation into a potential cause is still ongoing, led by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.