A structure fire yesterday (March 26) in the Tompkins County town of Freeville is the eighth structure fire in the area in just eight days, according to the McLean Fire Department.
Crews with McLean F.D. responded to the scene at a residence on Fall Creek Road around 4 p.m., joined by mutual aid from Cortlandville , Dryden, Freeville, Groton, Etna and Virgil Fire Departments.
Dryden Ambulance and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department were also standing by.
First responders arrived to the site of flames on the exterior of the house right above a door and were thankfully able to extinguish it rather quickly.
The string of area fires began last Monday (March 18) with a blaze at a multi-story residence on West Main Street in Dryden.
With the past eight days averaging one fire every day, the McLean Fire Department urged those who are able to join their local fire departments–many of which in our area are mostly volunteer-based.
As we said yesterday, take all the safety precautions you can around your home to keep you and your family safe.
Ensure your alarms are working properly and have an established escape plan ready.