FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Christmas Eve house fire in Fayetteville is under investigation.
Almost ten fire departments were called to a home in the 100 block of Brookside Lane off East Genesee Street around 5:45 p.m. December 24th.
The Fayetteville Fire Department says the homeowner was the only person home at the time. They were burned, but treated on scene.
Manlius Police tell NewsChannel 9 the homeowner tried to go back into the burning house to save his dog but was stopped. The dogs did not survive.
Crews had a difficult time fighting the fire due to several factors. The Fayetteville Fire Department says the homeowner had hand guns with ammunition in the basement. Crews could hear the guns going off, which prevented them from going inside the structure.
Power lines were also down nearby, so fire departments had to wait for National Grid to make sure the scene was safe to enter.
The departments were on scene until 3 a.m. December 25th, trying to get everything under control.
The cause has not been determined and the house has been knocked down, making it difficult for investigators to figure out what happened.