House fire causes $40K damage

A house fire was reported before dawn Monday morning on South SR 4.

The fire, reported at 4 a.m. at 7389 S. SR 4, started in the mudroom of the two-story home and caused roughly $40,000 in damage, Attica-Venice-Reed Fire Chief Brett Meyers said.

Its exact cause is not known, but it’s believed to either be electrical in nature or to have started from a wood burner, he said.

“We have to look at that closer,” Meyers said.

Meyers said the majority of damage was contained to the mudroom and a room attached to it. Smoke damage was reported in the rest of the house.

Meyers said the residents were not injured, but one firefighter was transported to the hospital with a minor shoulder injury.

He said the American Red Cross was contacted to assist the residents.

Meyers said temperatures were cold early Monday morning, but they didn’t affect firefighters’ ability to put out the fire.

“It didn’t (affect us) besides it was freezing,” he said.

A spokeswoman from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said Bloomville and Republic fire departments and Attica EMS also were called to the scene.

Republic Fire Chief Jason Porter said one of Republic’s fire trucks was involved in an accident as it was leaving the scene of the fire. He said a driver struck the front of the fire truck while trying to drive past it. A gust of wind and snow had made visibility difficult for the driver, Porter said.

He said the driver was not injured, but his truck was damaged. The fire truck was not damaged, Porter said.

Meyers said firefighters were back in service from the scene around 8:30 a.m.