AVON – Seven Livingston County fire departments converged on the scene of an early morning house fire that destroyed the home of a local woman after she was jolted awake by the fire alarm.
The single resident, who neighbors say is an elderly woman and has lived at 4725 Littleville Road for 45 years, was apparently asleep when neighbors say she was suddenly awakened by her old-fashioned metal fire alarm bell at about 2:20 a.m., and escaped from the burning home.
Firefighters on scene said that the fire apparently started toward the back of the house, which sustained the most damage though the entire residence is a total loss.
Close proximity to other residences on Littleville Road made it difficult for firefighters to safely see the fire, located in the back of the house. Some kept an eye on the blaze from an elevated ladder on a pumper truck while others climbed atop a detached garage to get a better view and spray with the hose.
Downed power lines at the back of the residence also presented a hazard to first responders.
The homeowner was reported to have taken one breath of smoke and was checked for injuries in an Avon ambulance.
Firefighters with Avon, East Avon, Rush, Caledonia, Lima, Geneseo, Livonia, and Lakeville responded to the scene, assisted by an Avon Ambulance crew. Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies also assisted on scene.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photos/Conrad Baker)