Fire destroys home in Conklin (with photos)

By Erika Mahoney
By Haley Burton
By Casey Killian

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM EST

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A fire destroyed a home in the town of Conklin.

The call came in at approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday for a garage fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, the house was fully engulfed.

Heavy smoke poured out of the basement and the fire quickly spread through the house.

"In the rural districts like this, it's hard getting the water supply and everything set up. This house was pretty well involved by the time we got on the scene, so you're a fighting a losing battle at that point," said Bill Gorman, Conklin Fire Chief.

At least seven additional fire departments responded to help the Conklin Fire Department, including Kirkwood, Five Mile Point, town of Binghamton, Hallstead, Pa., Great Bend, Pa., Port Dickinson and West Windsor.

According to Gorman, crews were at the scene until approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

A Kirkwood firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor eye injury.

Crews from Conklin were called back to the home at approximately 8 a.m. Monday.

"Just a little hot spots that were knocked down in the cellar, nothing serious. We're back just to knock the hot spots down, so the whole thing doesn't flair up again, but it shouldn't," said Gorman.

Gorman says the homeowner was away at the time of the fire and returned on Monday morning.

Broome fire investigators were not able to get inside what was left of the home and investigate, so the cause of the fire is still unknown.