Fire rips through home (with photos)

By Chelsea Bishop
By Matt Porter

December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Four people were taken to the hospital early Thursday after an apartment house fire on the west side of Binghamton.

A man, 32-year-old woman and two children, a five-year old boy and newborn boy, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Owner Ayana Del Valle live in the next door apartment with her seven-month-old son and remembers waking up to alarms.

"I fell asleep and all of a sudden my smoke detector was going off," Del Valle said. "I came out to see what it is and there's a cloud of smoke coming out of my bathroom."

The Binghamton Fire Department responded to the fire at 44-46 Park Street around 5:45 a.m.

Del Valle said she didn't know if they would have made it out without the fire alarms.

"Check your smoke detectors, make sure they work," Del Valle said. "Because if it wasn't for that, I don't know if I'd have my son today."

According to Fire Chief Daniel Thomas, the fire spread through several floors and the roof forcing a very aggressive attack by fire crews. That included a dramatic rooftop rescue.

"Just the size of the building and the construction of it, the fire had too much of a hold on it," Thomas said.

A family climbed out the second floor windows and fire crews used a ladder to get them out.

"They were about half way up the roof, I was able to reach them from about the second to the top rung of the ladder," said Bill Banovic, a Binghamton firefighter. "The young boy came down to me, I carried him down came back up, got the baby then the mother was able to walk down."

The American Red Cross is assisting both families and reports those that went to the hospital are in good condition.

The Binghamton Fire Marshal's Office is looking into what started the fire. They do not think foul play was involved.

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