MOUNT MORRIS – Seven people lost their homes to what has been ruled an accidental fire caused by a discarded cigarette or smoking material.
Livingston County Emergency Management Director Kevin Niedermaier said that an investigation points to ‘carelessly discarded smoking material’ as the cause of the fire that condemned the apartment building containing six apartments on Trumbull Street off of Main Street Mount Morris.
“The lower front apartment burned, the upper apartments have heavy smoke damage, and the fire department ventilated the roof,” said Niedermaier. “Code Enforcement inspected the integrity of the building and condemned it. The building was insured but tenants unfortunately lost two Chihuahas.”
The losses could have been a lot worse. Local electrician Tim Howe grabbed a ladder from his truck and helped free two people trapped upstairs. Then the Mount Morris Fire Department called for mutual aid and sent their trucks to contain the fire.
The Mount Morris Fire Department arrived at the scene first and requested mutual assistance from Cuylerville, Leicester, Nunda and Geneseo. The Groveland Fire Department filled in at Mount Morris’ hall while they were at the scene.
“The Mount Morris Fire Department need to be credited with a very good stop,” said Niedermaier. “The fire was coming up through the upstairs door when they got there and they called for lots of mutual aid, which was good use of resources.”