The West Walworth Fire Department was dispatched at 4:37 p.m. on Thursday for the house fire at the three bedroom home at 3418 Woodlands Circle (just off the Gananda Parkway) in Walworth. Firefighters fought the flames for 2 hours in single digit temperatures. No injuries occurred.
The homeowner, David Colbert and his family were alerted by their smoke alarm and their family dog of the smoke, according to West Walworth Fire Chief Bob Lemay.
They battled the fire in the basement, mud room, and attached garage, which was lost. Although there is a great deal of fire and water damage, West Walworth Chief Lemay did not think the house was a total loss.
Responding to the Walworth fire were fire companies from West Walworth, Walworth, Lincoln, Macedon Center, Fairport, Penfield, Webster. Macedon Fire stood by for Macedon Center and Ontario stood by for West Walworth.
At 8:00 pm on Thursday, firefighters were still at the scene, watching for hot spots and staying until an emergency enclosure was secured. The family is staying with friends.
“It is always a heartbreaking situation when a fire occurs. When you have children involved however, it is even worse” stated James Love, Executive Director of the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross provided emergency food, clothing, an shelter to a family of seven which included five children ranging in age from 11 to 17. Cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Firefighters also responded to a fire at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at 6935 Old Lyons Road in Newark. Emergency shelter needs were provided to a family of five living in the home. The fire started in the chimney. The occupants were uninjured.
You can help victims of disasters in Wayne County by donating directly to the American Red Cross. You can mail your contribution directly to the Local Disaster Relief fund at American Red Cross c/o Local Disaster Relief Fund, 400 S. Main St., Newark, NY 14513.