Posted at: 12/22/2013 9:29 PM
Updated at: 12/22/2013 9:31 PM
By: Erinn Cain, Messenger Post
Crews from the Canandaigua, Canandaigua Veterans Affairs, Crystal Beach and Cheshire fire departments — along with the Canandaigua Emergency Squad and city police — responded shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday to a fire at a two-story house on Saltonstall St., said Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette.
"The entire house was fully involved when we arrived — both floors," he said.
The house is a rental property and was not occupied at the time, he said.
Marentette said it took the nearly 30 firefighters who responded well over an hour to put out the fire. He said the fire was threatening to extend to the houses on either side. Within moments, he added, the fire would have pushed into one of the houses.
"Our folks, with tremendous help from the VA and Crystal Beach, did an incredible job keeping the fire from spreading to the other houses," Marentette said.
Investigators with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control assisted at the scene.
Marentette said the location where the fire began and the cause of the fire are still under investigation.
He said the house was destroyed. Of the houses on either side, he said, one sustained significant damage to the siding, and the other had damage to two windows.
The Canandaigua Fire Department temporarily placed the occupants of the house to the east in a hotel because of a risk from power lines, Marentette said. They have since returned to the home after Rochester Gas & Electric crews restored the home's power Sunday morning.
A Cheshire firefighter was treated and released from Thompson Hospital for smoke inhalation, Marentette said.