Red Cross helps family of 5 after Verona fire

A fire in Verona is temporarily displacing a family and the Red Cross is stepping in to help.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2019 11:12 PM
Updated: Jan. 19, 2019 11:46 PM

VERONA, N.Y. - A fire in Verona is temporarily displacing a family and the Red Cross is stepping in to help.

The fire started shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday night. Fire officials say the fire started as a chimney fire and quickly spread to the home.

No injuries are reported at this time.

The driveway to the home was very long and fire crews wouldn't allow our crews to go down and get video of the home, but we spoke with the assistant fire chief for Verona who says because the fire crews worked so quickly, the home is not a total loss.

The responding fire departments were Verona, Sherrill, Durhamville, Oneida City, and Oneida Castle. We're told two adults and three children live there.

We spoke with a young girl who lives in that home.

"It grew a lot towards the front of the house and then towards the back, we saw some embers falling," Corrine Bush, who lives in the home said.  "My brothers room actually got completely demolished because they had to check to make sure there was no more fire."

Bush says it was scary but she is just glad everyone is okay.

"We choose to look at the bright side," Bush said.

The family is getting assistance from the Red Cross. The assistant fire chief says they should be able to get back in their home soon, but for tonight they will be staying at a hotel.

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