Crews working large overnight house fire in Derby

Posted at 3:49 AM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-02 12:06:30-05

UPDATE: Officials have announced the fire "to be accidental in nature." The Red Cross has stepped in to help the family that lived in the home.

Around 11:30 last night, Highland and North Evans Volunteer Fire Companies and Town of Evans Police responded to a building fire on Hamilton Drive in the Highland area of the Town of Evans. Police arrived to a smoke-filled home.

An occupant said a smoke alarm alerted her from the basement and she attempted to extinguish the fire.

One firefighter was treated and released from Mercy Ambulatory Care Center for a back injury.

Original: Overnight fire in a large Derby home has forced two people out of the house. 

Firefighters were called to 6456 Hamilton Drive in Derby overnight Tuesday.  This is right near the Graycliff Estate.  There was a large response to the fire with 15 volunteer fire companies at the scene.

Dispatchers told us no one was hurt.

Winds from Lake Erie fanned the flames, causing significant damage.

Firefighters also reported frozen fire hydrants which caused another problem.  They had to call in additional equipment.

It's unclear how the fire started.