2 P.M. UPDATE: The American Red Cross is helping a family of five after their home was destroyed by fire in the city of Geneva Tuesday morning.
Fire Chief Del Parotta said his firefighters found heavy smoking coming from the rear of the Andes Avenue home when they arrived on the scene at 3:30. The Chief told Finger Lakes News Radio he’s grateful the home had working smoke detectors which alerted the two adults and three children inside to the fire.
Parotta said the fire was brought under control in about an hour but the home is uninhabitable due to the extensive damage it sustained.
All five residents were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and as of this writing, four had been released. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
Border City, White Springs, West Lake Road, and Seneca Falls fire departments all provided mutual aid. Finger Lakes Ambulance and North Seneca Ambulance transported all of the residents to the hospital.
It’s believed the fire started at the rear of the home but Parotta says their investigation is ongoing.
Geneva Firefighters and Geneva Police responded quickly this morning to as house fire at 79 Andes Ave.
The call for help came in just after 3:30 a.m.
The investigation into the cause is under investigation, no other details have been released.
All photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes Daily News