ENFIELD, N.Y. — Firefighters are still battling a blaze more than an hour after they were called to a house fire on the 1700 block of Mecklenburg Road in Enfield.
Crews from Enfield, Trumansburg, Ithaca and Mecklenburg were called to the scene around 2:20 p.m.
Enfield Fire Chief Roger Lauper said the fire likely started in a mattress on the first floor and is now mostly contained to the attic. No injuries are being reported.
Part of Route 79, leading up to the home, is closed.
Lauper said residents at the scene broke a window to try to put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher, but the flames spread to other areas in the house.
“I wish they hadn’t done that,” he said.
Unable to enter the home, crews are still battling the blaze with hoses.
Lauper said the home is likely a total loss. He said it’s uncertain whether the home had working smoke detectors.
Gladys Layman said she lives in the home, which is split into a multi-unit complex.
She said she’d just gotten home from Walmart when she smelled something burning. She thought it was her kitchen.
Layman said that at least a dozen people live in the home and about six or seven were at the residence when the fire happened.
Resident Shane Camp, 29, said he was coming down the stairs of the unit and saw Layman and a property manager trying to find the source of a burning smell.
“They were already in the kichen lifting up the stove (stovetop) to see if the stove was smoking
and then Gladys saw the smoke coming under a door.”
He said she opened the door and flames “shot out” at them.
He and the property manager tried to put the fire out with fire extinguishers before walking through the home and ensuring everybody was out of the building.
They then went to the back door and tried again to put the flames out.
“The landlord was like, ‘Break the windows,” Camp said. The property manager had called him before calling 911 when the fire broke out.
Camp said he tried to break a window but stopped because the flames were too close. He said the property manager broke all the windows on the lower level of the home.
He’s only lived in the home about two weeks.
State Police and Bangs Ambulance are also at the scene.
This is a developing story. Check back later for more details.
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