Dansville and Spart Fire Departments unsuccessfully fought a blaze that consumed one of the cottages belonging to the Castle on the Hill early Sunday morning.

Dansville and Sparta Fire Departments unsuccessfully fought a blaze that consumed one of the cottages belonging to the Castle on the Hill early Sunday morning.


By the time Dansville and Sparta fire departments arrived around 3 a.m., the cottage was fully engulfed. The departments fought the blaze until about 7 a.m., left, and Dansville returned about 9 a.m. after the fire had rekindled.


Dansville Fire Chief Brian Wood was at the scene of a car accident near Exit 6 on Interstate 390 at the time the call came in. First Assistant Fire Chief Gerald Chamberlin was the chief in charge of the blaze.


Wood said Tuesday that during the blaze, the department was concerned that a nearby cottage might catch on fire as well due to flying embers.


“It was just like rain. It was unbelievable,”?Wood said about the cinders.


To calm the hot ashes, and to prevent water damage to nearby homes directly below the property, the Department decided to let the cottage free-burn while dampening the nearby cabin to prevent it from catching on fire as well.


The rainy weather the past few days has been a blessing, Wood said. “If it wasn’t for the rain, we probably would have had both down.”


Throughout the day Sunday, residents of the village could easily see smoke along East Hill from the smoldering remains. Wood has returned to the site at least once per day to check on the still-smoldering cabin, and plans to let the remains just burn itself out.


Perkinsville Fire Department was called to the Dansville fire garage for stand by, Dansville Police Department assisted, and Livingston County Emergency Management is still investigating. Whether the cause of the fire was intentional or not has yet to be determined. Investigations are still pending. While there are leads, no report of arrests have been made by press time Wednesday.


The former cottage, once called Aurora, was the second to the left as one entered the grounds from Austin Street.