November 30, 2021

Fire in Solon destroys home

Fire in Solon destroys home

Colin Spencer/staff photographer

Firefighters work the scene of fire Monday at 3994 Telephone Road in Solon. Nobody was injured in the blaze, but a pet rabbit perished.

A fire that drew most of the departments in Cortland County was quickly doused Monday evening, but the home was still destroyed, Cortlandville Fire Chief Gere Henry said.

The cause of the fire, which also killed a pet rabbit, remains under investigation, Henry said.

Cortlandville Fire Department received the call at 6:12 p.m. for a structure fire at 3994 Telephone Road, Henry said.

The fire started in the kitchen and spread throughout the home. Crews knocked the fire down quickly.

Two adults and three children were living in the home, Henry said. None was injured.

Keith Towers, the owner of the home, said he wasn’t sure what happened as he was away when he got the call of his house on fire from his sister-in-law.

Kathy Miller, Towers’s sister-in-law, confirmed the pet’s death. She added that Keith Towers’ three children were home at the time of the fire, but were taken to a relative’s home nearby.

Fire crews from McGraw, Cincinnatus and Homer assisted, said Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman, who happened to be on the scene.

National Grid was also on the scene.

Kitchen fires, particularly cooking fires, are the nation’s leading cause of home fires and home injuries, reports the National Fire Protection Association.

Cooking, specifically, caused an average of 172,900 home fires each year between 2014 and 2018, the association reports. That’s 49% of all reported home fires. Cooking fires caused about 550 deaths a year and 4,820 injuries.