Dog perishes as blaze destroys residence in Yorkville

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YORKVILLE — A family dog was killed in a garage fire that spread into the home on Campbell Avenue very early Thursday morning.

Fire Chief Joseph Morosco said smoke detectors likely woke the family of four at 63 Campbell Ave. and the alarm was raised at 3:13 a.m. Volunteers from at least seven departments responded to the scene.

“They were awoken by a smoke detector,” Morosco explained. There are also reports that a neighbor was banging on the front door, he added.

Two adults and two young children — ages 1 and 3 — fled the residence without injury, the chief stated.

“The fire started in the garage. We’re not quite sure exactly why yet,” Morosco said.

The fire in the attached garage quickly spread to the residence, including up into the second floor. Campbell Avenue runs east and west between Main Street and Champlin Avenue, alongside the Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club.

There was “a lot of fire” on arrival, the chief said. “There was fire showing on the first floor; the garage was obviously fully involved.”

Using water from nearby hydrants, Chief Morosco said firefighters launched an interior attack into the home.

He said they had to rotate crew in and out, requiring a lot of manpower.

Due to the layout inside the home, from knee-high walls to additions in the ceiling, the chief said the fire could be difficult to reach at times.

It took about an hour and a half before the flames were declared under control, the chief said. Crews remained on the scene well into the morning dousing hot spots and cleaning up.

The chief said the home is a total loss. He said the family’s 14-year-old German shepherd dog perished in the blaze. No people were harmed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Morosco stated. He said the fire is not suspicious and no foul play was involved.

The family was insured, the chief said.

The Yorkville, New York Mills, Whitesboro, Deerfield, Willowvale, Maynard and New Hartford fire departments responded.

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