NEW HARTFORD — Four tenants have lost their home following a large fire on Genesee Street in New Hartford Saturday morning.
Assistant Fire Chief Brian McCormick said the fire appears to be accidental in nature and started on the second floor at 132 Genesee St. He said there are four units in the building, which is located just outside the southern entrance to the New Hartford Shopping Center.
“It’s believed to have started on the second floor,” McCormick said this morning. “Our first arriving units found heavy flames in the second floor and the attic.”
Officials said at least two tenants were home on the first floor when the fire was discovered shortly after 11 a.m. McCormick said multiple passersby called in the fire to 9-1-1, and four volunteer departments responded.
“We did a quick exterior attack, then we sent guys inside,” McCormick stated. All residents had safely evacuated.
The chief said the fire was declared under control more than an hour later, at about 12:30 p.m. None of the residents or firefighters were harmed.
The chief said the fire damaged was contained to the second floor and the attic, and the roof partially collapsed. He said the first floor sustained severe smoke and water damage.
The cause remains under investigation. “It looks to be accidental, but that’s still under investigation,” McCormick said.
He said he did not know if the homeowner had insurance, but he did not believe the tenants had renters insurance. The American Red Cross is assisting at least one of the displaced tenants. The New Hartford, Willowvale and Clayville fire departments responded to the scene, with Yorkville on standby.