On Saturday March 8, 2014 at 10:30am, the Oaks Corners Fire Company was dispatched to 2219 Lester Road in the Town of Phelps for a report of a house fire. Initial reports indicated the vinyl siding was on fire at the rear of the residence with smoke in the attic. The Phelps Fire Department and Phelps Ambulance were also dispatched as automatic mutual aid. Two minutes after dispatch the fire dispatcher updated responding units that the entire back of the house was now on fire and there were two dogs and seven puppies trapped inside.
Oaks Corners Chief Brian Maney arrived on scene and reported a working house fire. Chief Maney requested a second alarm assignment which consisted of an engine & FAST Team from the Geneva Fire Department, an engine & tankers from Seneca Castle, and tankers from North Side & Border City.
After conducting a size-up and risk assessment Chief Maney & Ontario County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Holland entered the burning home in an attempt to rescue the pets. After a brief search they found and rescued six of the puppies. They went back into the home and rescued the last puppy and had to exit the home due to deteriorating conditions before finding their mother.
Oaks Corners Engine 3211 arrived and deployed the initial attack line into the house. Phelps Engine 2131 served as the water supply engine and supplied Engine 3211 via a portable pond operation. Geneva Engine 1111 arrived on the south end of the incident and stretched an additional line into the house. A total of four hand lines were deployed. Seneca Castle Engine 2411 was sent to a hydrant on Johnson Road to set up a tanker fill site. A total of four tankers were filled at the fill site. Oaks Corners EMS staff & Finger Lakes Ambulance provided Rehab & EMS services on scene.
A secondary search team of Phelps & Oaks Corners Firefighters were able to locate and rescue the missing dog. All pets were accounted for and uninjured. The mother dog was given oxygen with the new pet oxygen masks that were recently put into service by the Oaks Corners Fire Company.
The fire was declared under control after the 30 minute benchmark. Crews remained on scene for a couple of hours conducting salvage & overhaul operations. The Border City, White Springs, West Lake Road, Clifton Springs, & Hopewell Fire Departments provided stand-by coverage while departments were tied up at the fire. The Oaks Corners Fire Department Auxiliary provided refreshments at the firehouse after the fire. Ontario County Deputy Fire Coordinators Eric Hansen & Scott DeCook assisted with the investigation and declared the cause as accidental in nature.
Fire damage was mostly limited to the roof, exterior, & attic with a little damage on the first floor. There was smoke & water damage throughout the home. The house has been declared a total loss. An online fund raiser has been established to assist the homeowners. You can click HERE for more information on how to help.