TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — Investigators say they’ve pinpointed what caused a heavy fire response Monday night in the town of Maine.
Broome County Fire Investigator Brian Botsford tells 12 News a space heater lit a couch cushion on fire in apartment above Kelli’s Too Deli. The building is located at 2598 Union Center Maine Highway.
The apartment was located on the second floor.
Firefighters say there was no structural damage to the deli. An employee at the deli says the business is open.
TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — Authorities said multiple couches caught fire in an apartment above Kelli’s Too Deli on Route 26 in the Town of Maine on Monday night.
According to the Town of Maine Assistant Fire Chief, David Silverstein, there was heavy smoke at first, but small flames. He said the fire started in the second floor apartment around 6:20 p.m.
Silverstein said everyone in the building properly escaped once they heard the alarm, and no one was injured.
Crews extinguished the fire successfully, and there was no structure damage. Kelli’s Too Deli was not damaged by the fire, according to Silverstein. He also said the business could be open on Tuesday.
Silverstein told 12 News the apartment where the fire started, and the vacant one next to it was damaged. The other two apartments in the rear of the building were not impacted
Officials said the apartment where the fire started is uninhabitable. Authorities were looking to help residents find shelter if they need it, as freezing temperatures pose a threat.
“The conditions are difficult,” explained Silverstein, as snow flurries continued. “Lines freeze up, batteries and radios die sooner, so we take all that into account. It’s part of our training, we train in this weather.”
Luckily there were no line issues as temperatures were in the single digits.
Maine and Union Center Fire Departments had mutual aid from Whitney Point, West Corners, East Maine, Newark Valley and Glen Aubrey crews, according to Silverstein. Broome County Fire Investigators and Endicott Fire Department also assisted.
The intersection of Lewis Street and Route 26 was closed as of 8 p.m.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Transportation assisted with traffic.