Fire burned at a Brewerton home for second time in two days. No one was injured, but the house is now a total loss. As our Katie Gibas tells us, the home belongs to two volunteer firefighters.
BREWERTON, N.Y. -- It's every family's nightmare: Coming home to emergency crews at your house.
"I was coming home from school and I was around that corner and we were stopped by a cop. I didn't notice it was my house at first because there wasn't really much fire then until I was told by my friend that my house was on fire," said Elizabeth Taylor. "It was very scary because I didn't know what was happening."
Early Wednesday afternoon, a fire started at a home on Blaze Path. No one was home at the time. Firefighters were able to rescue the family's three dogs, but their parrot died in the fire.
"We lost our bird, but we've had him for a long time. My mom's going through really hard stuff because that was her bird. So I'm trying to get her through it, but it's not easy," said Taylor.
The home belongs to the Taylor family. Tim and Amy are both volunteer firefighters. They told us off camera that investigators believe the fire was started by their dog.
Duane Otis Jr., Brewerton Assistant Fire Chief and friend of the family, said, "Pets are funny. It just goes to show you that you can go away every day and have pets at home. And even your pets can cause fires. Christmas time, holidays, we worry about the light cords and animals chewing into light cords and stuff like that. In this particular incident, we believe the dog jumped up and turned the gas burner on."
Just before four Thursday morning, the fire rekindled. Firefighters say the flames were 50 feet high and could be seen from 81.
"Normally, a rekindle is due to a hot spot that might not have been seen or caught. The guys did a tremendous job the first time around, I'm told. I was not here. But we check it with heat infrared cameras. We did everything that our procedures call us to do. Everything thing was fine, but it only takes a little hot spot that was missed or a breeze of wind to blow it back up to re-ignite it," said Otis.
The Brewerton Fire Department says they'll do anything the family needs to help. But at this point, no formal plans have been made.
"A fire's tragic itself, but when it hits one of your own members, it kind of hits all of us and when it's one of your own members, it's hard to describe. But it feels like we can't do enough," said Otis.
The Red Cross put the family up in a hotel for a few days and has been helping until insurance takes over.