It was a shocking view outside the windows of some houses in Kirkville during Friday night's fire. Our Corina Cappabianca spoke with residents who say they're still surprised by just how close the blaze got to their property.
KIRKVILLE, N.Y. -- It took fire crews roughly five hours to get a massive brush fire in Kirkville in Onondaga County under control.
Authorities say roughly 100 acres of land were burned in the fire that started around 7:30 p.m. Friday behind Titan Steel on Kirkville Road North.
More than 25 fire agencies were called in to help battle the flames as well as the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office Helicopter "Air-1", which was used as an aerial tanker to drop water on the fire. Officials say the use of the helicopter as well as the aid from the various fire agencies was vital due to the size and location of the fire.
"It's tough to get water to the fire. You saw Air 1 flying, that's the most direct way to get water to that fire. The thing they are struggling with most is getting water on that fire," said Kevin Schafer, Manlius police captain.
Three firefighters were treated for minor injuries and officials say the fire appears to have been accidental in nature.