Update 5:25 pm.: The first details are being made available about a fire that tore through a Newfield home on Monday afternoon.

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The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, according to a Newfield Assistant Fire Chief Zack Guidi.

Guidi said that when they arrived on the scene, an attached garage was found fully ablaze and the fire was moving into the house. It took two and a half hours to put the fire out, according to the official.  Due to the home’s position outside of town hydrant district, water had to be hauled up the hill by tankers.

Some residents were in the house at the time, but no injuries were reported.

According to Guidi, the damage was severe: the garage is a total loss as is most of the house, due to smoke and water damage.

Update 2:30 p.m.: Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles stretched down the hill as emergency responders were still on the scene of a house fire on Blakeslee Hill Rd in Newfield. Billowing light gray smoke could be seen issuing from the building at around 2 p.m.

Earlier:

NEWFIELD, NY – As of 1:08 p.m. Monday, firefighters are working to put out a fire in Newfield according to Tompkins county dispatch.

The emergency call was made 12:34 p.m.

The fire is on Blakeslee Hill Rd. in the town of Newfield. The fire started as a garage fire but has since spread to the main structure.

Newfield firefighters, as well as those from Danby, Enfield, West Danby, Cayuga Heights and Ithaca are responding to the call. Bangs ambulance is on standby. Tompkin’s County Sheriff deputies are also on scene.

It’s currently unknown if there are any injuries, or if anyone was inside the home at the time of the fire.

This is a developing story.

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Michael Smith

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