CANASERAGA — A late night fire destroyed a seasonal hunting cabin on Monday night.
Canaseraga firefighters were dispatched to Miller Hill Road in the Town of Burns at approximately 12:30 a.m. for a structure fire.
Upon arrival, Chief Scott O'Dell recalled the scene.
"It was about a 15-foot by 20-foot cabin that was just fully engulfed when we got on scene," he said. "Flames were coming out of the roof ... everywhere. It was almost on the ground when we got there."
The cabin was a one room building, and flames spread rapidly.
The fire was reported to Allegany County Dispatch by the property owners, who were not inside the cabin at the time, according to O'Dell. They had been sleeping in a tow-behind camper.
"They just used the cabin during the day to get warm when they came in from hunting," he detailed. "His son came out in the middle of the night, looked up, and the cabin was fully engulfed, so they called us immediately."
It is suspected that the fire started in a wood stove inside the cabin. However, the exact cause is yet to be determined by a team of state and insurance investigators.
It was an all-hands on deck effort for Canaseraga volunteers, with a tanker and manpower lent by Arkport. North Hornell units were also dispatched to the scene, but were turned around when the chief determined that they had adequate personal and equipment already on scene.
"We got on scene and we dumped as much water as we could on it to get it put out, but it was an older cabin, so the wood was so dry that it burned so fast," O'Dell said.
No firefighters, victims or bystanders were injured.
"My guys were very quick to respond, getting trucks on scene and getting water on the fire. It was a great job," O'Dell said.
Winter tends to be a busy time of year for area fire departments, as they battle flames originating from heating units, be they electric, wood burning or other. However, the chief said that new heating sources are helping to curb the problem.
"Usually we get quite a few chimney fires this time of year, but everyone is moving to alternate fuels like pellets and coal, so we don't have as many fires with a wood stove, so it's been very quiet for us," he said.