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West Webster firefighters save home

Webster, N.Y. - When fighting a fire, timing is everything.

On Wednesday morning, Dan Mohrman's wife called her husband at work to tell him their Webster home was on fire.

He rushed home to find around 20 West Webster firefighters and several pieces of flashing equipment surrounding his home.

Mohrman blames himself.

He says he had placed what he thought was a cold log from his new smoker onto the driveway.

There must have been some hot embers, which rekindled and blew onto some nearby plastic, which, in turn, caught the side of the garage on fire, Mohrman said.

When the call went out, West Webster firefighters Tom Link and Nicole Ditch were driving just a few blocks away.

They were returning from a court hearing for Dawn Nguyen, the woman accused of buying the guns that were used in the Christmas Eve Ambush.

In that ambush, four West Webster firefighters were shot. Two died.

Link and Ditch were first on scene.

Link grabbed the garden hose and with it kept the flames at bay until others arrived.

The trucks pulled up just minutes later, but in a fight where timing is everything, that gap might have given the fire the chance to take everything.

The damage was minimal, Im grateful for thats where it stopped, Mohrman said. The quick response from the West Webster Fire Department has everything to do with that.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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