Firefighters Investigating 2-Alarm Chenango House Fire

By Cristina Frank
By Giovanni Santacroce


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April 12, 2012 Updated Apr 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM EDT

Town of Chenango (WBNG Binghamton) Half-a dozen fire departments were called to a second alarm house fire in the Chenango Forks area Thursday morning. Now, investigators are working to find out what started the blaze.

It started around 7:30 a.m. at 520 Mix Road.

We're told the family who lives in the house was not at home at the time.

A neighbor rescued two of the dogs who were inside the house.

It took crews more than an hour to get the fire under control.

By that time - the home was destroyed. All that remains standing is two chimneys.

Neighbors can't believe it.

"I heard a 'boom' and I heard horns and sirens so I thought there was an accident, but soon saw smoke pouring out from down the road. That's when we knew something was seriously wrong," says Karen Dubois, a town of Chenango resident.

"I can't believe it. I've worked on that house for years so I know the people that lived there before. It's hard, it was a part of the neighborhood. Everybody grew up here, everybody swam in the pool..was just a part of life here," says Michael Aelwhite, another neighbor.

Responding fire departments include Chenango Bridge, Port Crane, Greene and Castle Creek.