A fire in a wall next to a fireplace damaged a New City home Sunday night.
Smoke filled the house and volunteers from the had to open walls on the first and second floors of the house, as well as cut a hole in the roof to battle the blaze, according to Fire Chief Kenny Flynn.
The 9:20 p.m. fire at 142 S. Little Tor Road was initially thought to be a possible electrical problem at the house. However, Flynn said that once firefighters got inside the home they found a fire inside a first-floor wall.
Flynn said the fire was quickly put out after firefighters opened the way to get at the flames. Additional walls on the second floor were opened and the hole was cut in the roof to make sure the fire was not traveling through the walls and following the path of the home’s chimney.
The Clarkstown Fire Inspector’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Volunteers from the Congers Fire Department assisted New City firefighters, with , Rockland Paramedics and members of the also responding to the fire.
A portion of Little Tor Road was closed for about an hour because of the fire.