ILION, N.Y. (UPDATED) – A crew from the Ilion Water Department was flushing hydrants early Monday morning, when they noticed a porch on fire on North Third Avenue.
Fire Chief Thomas Pedersen says the family of four inside the home were awoken by the crew members banging on their door, trying to get them out before the fire spread.
The crew also called 911, and the fire department responded around 3 a.m.
Pedersen says with the quick action from the water workers, the two adults and two children in the home were able to get out safely, and the fire crews were able to extinguish the fire before it got out of control.
"It could've been a disastrous result; they could have had more damage than they did or they had young children that could've been trapped inside, and we would've had to make a rescue, so we're glad they were in the right place at the right time,” said Pedersen.
The woman who lived in the home told NEWSChannel 2 she is eternally grateful to the water crew, whose actions allowed her family to get out of the home safely.
Since the fire was contained to the porch, the family was able to go back inside.
Pedersen says officials are still working to determine the cause of the porch fire.