Firefighters douse flames, rescue dog

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One dog was rescued and no one was harmed in a basement fire on Crossgates Road in Rome on Sunday, according to city fire officials.

Two occupants have been displaced from 123 Crossgates Road after the fire was found in the basement shortly after 5 p.m., according to Rome Deputy Fire Chief Scott Burch. The one-story home is located in a residential neighborhood just west of Mohawk Valley Community College.

“There was heavy smoke coming from the back of the house” when fire crews rolled onto the scene, Burch stated.

“They got there very quickly and knocked it down.”

Burch said the damage was contained to the basement, with some light smoke damage in the residence itself.

The chief said there was some concern a dog was still inside the home when firefighters arrived on the scene, so they launched a search of the residence during the firefight.

“They did a quick primary search and they found the dog,” Burch said.

The animal was brought outside and was unharmed by the fire.

Burch said the two residents, who are renting the property, stayed with other people Sunday night. He said the home is not a total loss.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Burch stated.

According to city tax records, the property is owned by John and Jennifer Crisan, of Rome. The property has an assessed value of $32,900.

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