ROME, N.Y. – A car and a riding lawn mower were destroyed in a fire inside an attached garage at a Rome home early Tuesday morning.
Fire crews were called to Winfield Circle around 5:40 a.m., after one of the residents of the home heard a noise and awoke to see the garage, and the Ford Mustang inside of it, engulfed in flames.
"A call came in that there was a car on fire in the garage. Apparently, the resident was awakened at some point; I don't know if it was the smoke detectors that alerted him to the fire, but he said the car was on fire in the garage," said Rome Fire Chief Tom Iacovissi. "We don't know if the fire started at the car, or if the car caught on fire from the fire being in the garage, but there was a car that was on fire."
Fire officials say the fire extended into the home, but the six people inside were able to get out safely. The American Red Cross is assisting all of the residents.
The house next door also suffered heat damage from the flames.
Fire inspectors are investigating the cause.