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House fire in Palmyra linked to lack of smoke detectors

The Palmyra code enforcement officer inspected the property for safety, as required by law. She discovered there were no smoke or fire alarms in the bedrooms. (Photo: The Times of Wayne County)

Palmyra, N.Y. (WHAM) - Six fire departments were called to a house fire overnight in Palmyra Wednesday.

Wayne County Sheriff's deputies say they were called around 3:40 a.m. for the report of a house fire on Hogback Hill Road.

A neighbor saw a fire on the porch of the home and told the homeowner. Four people inside the home were able to get out safely.

Fire departments from East Palmyra, Palmyra, Port Gibson, Marbletown, Fairville and Marion were all called to the scene.

According to our news partners at The Times of Wayne County, the Palmyra code enforcement officer inspected the property for safety, as required by law. She discovered there were no smoke or fire alarms in the bedrooms.

Palmyra Town Supervisor Ken Miller said the property owner, Tracey Vanderwall, has refused to allow code enforcement into her properties for the inspection, citing the Fourth Amendment.

No one living at the home was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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