- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

ROME, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they’re looking at a wood stove as the possible cause of a blaze that destroyed an assistant chief’s home located across the street from a central New York firehouse.

Officials in the city of Rome tell local media that the fire was reported around 3:15 a.m. Sunday at the home of New London Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Leroy Nestle, who lives across from the fire station.

Nestle, his wife and one of his children who’s also a fire department member were home at the time and all escaped without injury, but the family’s pets died in the blaze.

Fire officials say the two-story home is a total loss. They say the cause of the fire appears to have something to do with its wood stove.

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