Two Fires Damage Apt. & Garage

Southern Tier Fires

June 7, 2012

           SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) --  A small explosion may have started garage fire Thursday night in Horseheads.  Firefighters say when they arrived on scene, the unattached garage at 265 Oriole Drive was completely engulfed in flames.  They were able to calm the blaze, but the house did suffer some siding damage.

An unknown number of people were inside the house when it started, but there were no reported injuries.  Town and Country firefighters say they're close to finding out how the fire started.

Earlier in Elmira, four engines rushed to an apartment fire at 509 W. Water Street. No injuries were reported. The deputy fire chief said some residents were inside the building when the fire started, but made it out in time before the engines arrived.

It only took firefighters 15 minutes to put out the flames, but the high volume of plastic inside the building created very thick smoke.The majority of the complex is gutted on the first level, but damage spread to the second and third floors.

"Upon our arrival we found the basement unit in this building here fully involved," said Deputy Chief Dan Sincock. "Fortunately, everyone got out of the building safely."

Firefighters said they're still trying to figure out what caused the fire, but all of the damage is repairable.