Fire in Brandon leaves family of six homeless

<p> BRANDON &mdash; A family of six was displaced when an early-morning blaze destroyed their two-story, single-family home at 6 Rossiter St. in Brandon on Tuesday morning.</p><p> Brandon Fire Chief Roman Wdowiak said that the initial call came in around 6:15 a.m. The Brandon and Pittsford fire departments rushed to Rossiter Street, where Wdowiak said they observed &ldquo;heavy fire and smoke on the front and side of the building.&rdquo;</p><p> Responders began fighting the fire with multiple hose lines around the house, but the structure&rsquo;s wooden &ldquo;balloon&rdquo; frame enabled the fire to spread rapidly to the second floor, Wdowiak said.</p><p> Balloon framing was a popular 19th-century building technique that used long lumber, and was phased out of common use in the 1950s because the long pieces of lumber created fire lines.</p><p> Firefighters extinguished the blaze after around an hour and a half, and remained on the scene until just after noon, according to Wdowiak.</p><p> The Red Cross was called in to help the Mahoney family find temporary housing, as the remainder of the structure was clearly uninhabitable. All family members were unharmed, though a couple of pets perished in the fire.</p><p> Wdowiak said that a state investigator had ruled the fire, which originated in the family room on a closed porch, to be an accident, though the Brandon Fire Department was awaiting further details in the official report.</p>

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