Massive fire and explosions heard in the town of South Bristol late Thursday night off of County Road 33. Officials say they recovered two bodies from the scene. Investigation is ongoing Friday morning.
Two people were found dead after firefighters extinguished a fully-involved structure fire that destroyed a home at 5828 County Road 33 in the town of South Bristol.
The Ontario County coroner will work with the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office to positively identify the remains, according to the Ontario County Sheriff's Office. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office and Ontario County Fire Coordinator Jeff Harloff are continuing the investigation into the origin of the fire.
Firefighters from several departments battled the blaze according to Richmond Fire Chief Rick Frost who covers the town of Richmond and hamlet of Honeoye. Frost said neighbors called in about the fire at the single-family home after hearing explosions. The explosions were caused by a propane tank.
Fire departments from Richmond, Bloomfield, Bristol and Naples worked for approximately 45 minutes to put out the fire at the single-story home. Frost said at about 11 p.m., about two hours after arrival, that the fire was under control and the investigation was just starting and it was unknown whether anyone was in the home, where two people resided. Investigation later determined two people were inside, and their bodies were recovered by fire personnel.
According to Frost, crews had a challenge getting water to the scene, as they were forced to travel about two miles to refill their tanks.
Traffic was closed on County Road 33 for several hours during the investigation.
Messenger Post Media will continue to follow this developing story.