Mexico house fire claims one life

A fire was reported just before 7 a.m. Thursday at the home on Kenyon Road pictured above in the town of Mexico. The fire left one person dead and destroyed the home.

MEXICO — An early morning house fire Thursday in the town of Mexico left one person dead and destroyed a home.

The Mexico Volunteer Fire Department and Oswego County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fire in progress just before 7 a.m. Thursday morning, and remained on scene at the 285 Kenyon Road residence into the afternoon. Oswego County Fire Coordinator Don Forbes said one female victim was inside the home at the time of the fire and died in the blaze.

Officials could not confirm, but it’s presumed the victim was a resident of the home. Authorities said the victim has been identified but release of their name is pending proper notification of family.

A total of 12 neighboring fire departments arrived on scene to assist in fighting the blaze, in part due to a lack of fire hydrants in the area. Forbes said departments relied on the fire tankers to supply firefighters with water to battle the flames. He said the fire required a dozen agencies in part because responding departments are volunteer and less personnel are available early in the morning.

Forbes said after about an hour and a half of battling the flames, firefighters attempted to search the interior of the building, but were pushed back by another bout of fire within the house.

It is not known at this time what started the blaze, but Forbes and the Oswego County Sheriff’s office said the fire is still under investigation. Forbes said the home was “totaled” due to the fire.

According to the Oswego County Real Property database, the 1,500 square-foot, three-bedroom 285 Kenyon Road home was built in 1900. The structure sits on a 35-acre lot and the property is assessed at $109,700.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office and Mexico firefighters were assisted by New York State Police, McFee Ambulance, and fire departments from Hastings, West Monroe, Parish, Scriba, New Haven, Palermo, Sandy Creek, Granby Center, Hannibal, Minetto, Oswego, Central Square, Volney and Ringold.

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