Newfield, N.Y. — Firefighters in Newfield put out a blaze at an abandoned cabin late Tuesday night during the thunderstorm, according to officials.

Crews had to lay about 1,000 feet of hose to reach the “remote” structure on Sebring Road, Newfield firefighters said. The fire was sparked by lightning.

The Ithaca Voice reported Tuesday night that firefighters had been called to a structure fire in Newfield but had not learned details about the blaze.

Firefighters battle the blaze in Newfield Tuesday. (Courtesy of the Newfield Fire Department)

The fire was on Sebring Road just south of Test Road.

“Due to high elevation and the remote location of the structure, water pressure was limited and crews were initially operating with only one hose line,” the news release said.

“Our thanks to the West Danby Fire Department and Enfield Fire Comapny for their assistance during yesterday’s incidents.”

The Newfield Fire Department also responded to multiple calls of downed power lines and trees.


Some more updates from Tuesday night’s thunderstorm … as of about 8 p.m. Wednesday:

Power outages in Tompkins County had fallen to about 2,000 by 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night. NYSEG said that more than 90 percent of customers could be expected to have power back by Friday morning.

— The local YMCA is offering showers and fresh water to those without power, according to news radio WHCU.

“The YMCA thinks it would be the right thing to do to offer up to the community that’s lost power to come to the Y, use the showers, get fresh water and plug in your electronics,” Frank Towner, the YMCA’s CEO, told WHCU.

— NYSEG had 47 crews in the county Wednesday and 27 more were expected to arrive Wednesday night, according to Tompkins County Legislature spokesperson Marcia Lynch.

— NYSEG will be distributing dry ice and bottled water at the Ithaca Service Center at 1387 Dryden Road/Route 13 until 10 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until dusk Thursday.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.