ITALY — A home on Italy Turnpike Road was “basically a total loss” after a fire Tuesday afternoon, according to Naples Fire Chief Patrick Elwell.

The house is owned by January Andrews, 39 and Earl Williams, 39.

The cause of the fire, which Elwell said apparently started in the building’s rear in the area of a utility/laundry room and bedroom, is under investigation by Yates County Emergency Management.

Naples firefighters were on the scene at 280 Italy Turnpike Road at 3:55 p.m., within 8 minutes of receiving the report of the fire, Elwell said. Upon arrival, they saw flames showing in the rear section and smoke throughout the structure.

The nature of the structure posed a challenge to firefighters in battling the blaze: “The structure originally was a mobile home, and then through the years they built a framework around it and made it a double-wide home,” Elwell said. “They didn’t take the trailer out; they just built a house around it. That hindered a lot — you’ve got a trailer holding everything in, and there’s a house around it — you couldn’t really work to extinguish the fire.”

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Firefighters did, however, have the fire under control within an hour, the chief said; and it was contained to the structure without spreading to the wooded area near the home. Naples firefighters were assisted by departments from Branchport/Keuka Park, Bristol, Middlesex, Potter, and Rushville.

Andrews and Williams were not home at the time, and there were no injuries, Elwell said.

Includes reporting by Messenger Post Media.