Sanitation workers alert New Hartford family of burning home, help escort them out

A family of four is safe following a fire early Tuesday morning in their New Hartford home.

Posted: May 11, 2021 7:21 AM
Updated: May 11, 2021 5:52 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- A family of four is safe thanks to two sanitation workers, following an early morning fire at their New Hartford home. 

According to New Hartford Fire Chief Scott Nicotera, the fire first broke out shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday in a garage located at 2 Mapledale Road. 

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Chief Nicotera says his crews arrived to find heavy flames in the garage. The fire quickly spread to the adjoining home, then to its attic space. 

Before crews got to the scene, the two adults and two children who lived in the home were escorted out by two Marshal Przyluke Inc. employees, Shawn Reesch and Joe Phillips.

"As I'm running down the road, I call 911. Went in, tried to put the fire out with the extinguisher. Had to back out of the garage, just from the smoke - meanwhile, he was knocking on the door trying to wake somebody up," said Reesch.  "Said she had two small children. Told them to go grab them. They grabbed them. I took one of them, the gentleman I work with took the other one - we got them all out to the road to make sure they were safe and away from the fire and about that time the new hartford police and fire department came."

The home is currently not liveable and the garage is destroyed. 

The family displaced by the fire are staying with relatives. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Nicotera says there are no signs it was suspicious. 

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