Fire north of Corning destroys newer home; No injuries


August 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A fire that started in an attached garage Monday evening north of Corning, destroyed a home that was less than three-years old. Corning Fire Chief Donnie Willett told KJAN News the Adams County Sheriff happened to be driving by the Kevin Sorensen residence at 2007 Highway 148, about one-quarter of a mile north of the city limits, when he saw smoke and flames coming from a garage attached to the home. Willet says three occupants of the home didn’t realize the garage was on fire. The Sheriff went to the door and got every one out safely.

Corning Fire and Rescue responded to the call when it was dispatched just before 6-p.m., Monday. They received mutual aid from the Lenox and Prescott Fire Departments. Crews were on the scene for nearly six-hours. They returned later on to put out some hot spots.  The house was a total loss.

Willett says a family dog escaped with the family but a cat was missing. Fortunately, the cat was found this morning. There were no injuries to the family or any of the firefighters. The family sought shelter from another family. They were also in the process of receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Willett says the cause of the fire remains under investigation, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called-in to try and determine how it started. Willett says he’s pretty certain it was NOT related to a vehicle parked in the garage.