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UPDATE: Fire Damages Steuben County Home Christmas Night


2 P.M. UPDATE: Barking dogs are being credited for waking up a family on Christmas night and alerting them that their house was on fire.

The fire at 7581 County Route 13 in the town of Bath broke out at around 10:30. When the first units arrived on the scene, all of the residents were out of the home and a nearby vehicle was also on fire. A propane tank that was close to the home vented from the heat but did not rupture. Bath, Hammondsport, Kanona, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Savona, the Bath VA, and the Wayne fire departments responded and all units left the scene at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Branchport-Keuka Park responded to its department to provide coverage for Pulteney.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Photos: John Walczak (Bath Fire Department)
Photo: John Walczak (Bath Fire Department)

A number of Steuben County firefighters spent Christmas night battling a structure fire. The call came in right around 10:30 for a fire in the town of Wheeler.

When they arrived on the scene, firefighters found the back end of a mobile home fully engulfed with a nearby car also on fire. Branchport-Keuka Park firefighters were put on standby at their station until 12:30 this morning while the Pulteney Fire Department was out at the fire.

At this time, there is no word on any injuries or damage estimates.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update it as more information is made available.

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