ROME – A firefighter was injured and a dog died in a house fire in the city of Rome Thursday afternoon.
According to the Rome Fire Department, the fire at 5266 Shakes Road was reported around 3:42 p.m. when a passerby driving on State Route 46 saw a lot of smoke in that area and called 911. While crews were on their way to investigate, they received another call saying that a house was on fire.
When fire crews arrived on scene they found heavy smoke throughout the two-story house and a large amount of fire on the back side of the house. The fire then spread to the attic, and because there was a newer roof built on top of an old roof, there were some areas that were difficult for fire crews to access to put the fire out.
Officials say one firefighter sustained a minor injury to his leg, and a dog that was home at the time died in the fire. No other injuries were reported.
The American Red Cross provided financial assistance to the two adult residents for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing.
New London, Vienna and Durhamville fire departments also assisted at the scene, along with Oneida County Emergency Services.
Officials say they are still investigating the cause of the fire.