Deputies: 30 cats, 1 dog found inside burning Victor home
VICTOR, N.Y. -- Firefighters in Victor had a tough fight after the wind made for dangerous working conditions.
The fire happened on Brace Road around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Victor Fire Chief Sean McAdoo says he advised crews to not break any windows of the home for a short time because of Wednesday's intense winds.
Crews were able to get the fire under control about 45 minutes after the initial fire call.
Chief McAdoo says at least 30 cats and a dog were found inside the home. According to Lollypop Farm, the dog and four injured cats were rescued but at least 20 of the animals perished.
Hope Again Cats, an animal rescue organization, operates out of the home.
13WHAM has learned the fire started somewhere in the kitchen but the cause is still unknown.
"It's certainly unnerving because winds of this strength, you literally can't even stand up. It is very difficult to handle," Chief McAdoo said. "The concern you have with wind is that its pushing out walls and it can be hidden in walls and in the ceilings."
No one was home at the time of the fire. Fire investigators said the homeowner does have insurance.
Canandaigua, Farmington, Fishers, East Bloomfield-Holcomb, and Egypt Fire Departments helped the Victor Fire Department with the call.