SHERIDAN - Six area fire companies responded to a report of a fully involved structure fire at 3031 Whitaker Road in the town of Sheridan Sunday afternoon.
According to Sheridan Fire Chief Aaron Brinkman, two occupants within the home were sent to Brooks Memorial Hospital for apparent smoke inhalation.
"The occupants tried to start a fire in their wood stove in the basement and it got a little out of control and they tried to extinguish the fire themselves," he said. "When they weren't able to do so, they ran out of the house next door, where one of our firefighters lived."
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Fire crews responded to a fully involved structure fire at 3031 Whitaker Road in the town of Sheridan Sunday afternoon.
The Sheridan Fire Department was on location around 1:50 p.m.
"The initial attack went fairly well," Brinkman said. "We were able to knock down the fire on the first and second floors pretty quick. After then, however, we ran out of water because tanker shuttles were being held up due to the snow. Most of the time on-scene was doing overhaul."
Brinkman added fire crews were able to gain access to the attic to put out the fire on that level of the house. The attic was where most of the hotspots were toward the end of the fire's duration.
"The homeowner had two levels of shingles and then a sheet metal roof on top of that, so that was extremely difficult to deal with," he said.
Fire crews left the scene around 4:30 p.m. Brinkman said there is a large possibility the house will be deemed a total loss.
Assisting fire stations included Forestville, Silver Creek, Fredonia, East Town of Dunkirk and Sunset Bay.
The American Red Cross also assisted at the scene.
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