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Tuesday evening fire destroys Salisbury home

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Posted on January 24, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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NEARLY THREE DOZEN firefighters from five departments worked to douse a blaze that apparently started in the attic of this house on West Shore Road in Salisbury Tuesday evening. No one was hurt, but a family was displaced when the entire structure was destroyed. Photos courtesy of Trey Duncanson

SALISBURY — Firefighters are still investigating the cause of a Tuesday evening blaze that consumed a two-story home at 2165 West Shore Road in Salisbury Village.

Salisbury Fire Chief Ryan Emilio said no one was hurt as a result of the fire, which he believes originated in the attic.

Emilio said his department was toned out to the scene at around 6 p.m. The two residents of the home told authorities they became aware of the fire while eating dinner that evening. They and their pets made it out of the home without incident, according to Emilio.

Responding firefighters found the roof of the home fully consumed by fire; a portion of it had fallen in, according to Emilio.

The first firefighters at the scene entered the home in an effort to knock down the fire from indoors, but the severity of the blaze forced them to abandon that effort due to safety reasons, Emilio said.

Approximately 35 firefighters from multiple departments responded to the call with temperatures hovering around 6 degrees. Salisbury, Brandon, Whiting, Pittsford and Middlebury fire officials worked together to extinguish the blaze by around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Emilio. Middlebury Regional EMS personnel stood by to provide help if needed.

Emilio called the home a total loss.

A Salisbury property owner has generously allowed the affected couple to reside in a local home while they deal with the aftermath of the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the couple, Emilio added.

The residents benefitted from working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and Emilio encouraged all homeowners to check their own fire warning devices to make sure they’re in good operating order.

Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected]

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