A couple with a child were living in the southern part of the house and their parents in the north part. The parents discovered smoke on the ground floor and called 911. Purcell says the first truck arrived almost immediately. About 20 Lansing fire fighters responded to the call with 5 large trucks, the chief's vehicle and a pickup truck coming from Lansing, one tanker each from the Freeville, Locke, Genoa, Groton and Dryden Fire Departments and personnel from Freeville and Groton. Tompkins County Deputy Sheriffs were also on the scene.
"The parents were home and they saw smoke in the south side of the house," Purcell says. "We had people here, so we got a truck right out. It's an older style house, too."
The north side of the house was not burned, but sustained smoke damage, particularly on the ground floor. Purcell says the house may is repairable.
Responders arrived at 3pm. The fire took about a half hour to 45 minutes to control, and Purcell says responders remained on the scene for about two and a half hours, during which that section of Auburn Road was closed. The family is being housed at a hotel.
"We were lucky with the timing," Purcell says. "It was twenty-something degrees out compared to the minus ten it had been."