House Fire in Conklin

By Dave Greber

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM EST

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A house still abandoned from the flood of 2006 was destroyed further Friday night as part of it went up in flames.

The fire broke out just before 6:30 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of Conklin Road in Conklin.

Neighbors and property managers tell us the home had been without electricity for some time and that no one had lived there since the 2006 flood.

Although no one was supposed to be inside the house, witnesses and fire officials aren't sure if that was the case Friday.

Fire investigators are still determining the cause.

"We were upstairs, having a beer, started smelling something burning, and looked out the window, and seen the house on fire," said John Schroeder of Binghamton.

"The back of the house is heavily burned. Basically a garage-type area. There was some fire into the house, but a good knock-down by our guys, and that saved the rest of the house," said Conklin Fire Chief Bill Gorman.

Crews from Conklin, the Town of Binghamton and Five Mile Point were called the scene.

Conklin Road was shut down as crews responded, but reopened at 8:10 p.m.