An apparent house fire is reported at 7354 N. Bergen Road, Bergen.
A retired city firefighter on scene says the fire appears to be in the basement. No flames showing but heavy black smoke.
Bergen fire dispatched along with Byron, South Byron, and Le Roy.
The fire is under control. The family was away from the residence and took the family dog with them. A pet cat inside the residence died at the scene due to apparent smoke inhalation. Tanker is returning, in service.
The actions of retired City Fire Captain Pat O'Donnell probably helped save this residence from complete destruction. He closed up windows and doors prior to firefighters arriving on the scene and was able to provide crews with the precise location of the fire once they arrived. "Closing up the house is very important," said Bergen Chief Chuck Dodson.