Officials: Smoke detectors save pair from burning home in Chestnut Ridge

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A father and daughter were able to flee unharmed from their burning home in Chestnut Ridge Saturday, which fire officials are saying is thanks to their working smoke detectors.

News 12 is told that it was just after 11 a.m. when about six area fire departments arrived to find the home on Midway Road engulfed in flames.

Neighbors say that large clouds of smoke could be seen from their windows.

The chief of the South Spring Valley Fire Department says the flames started in the garage and quickly spread, consuming the side of the home.

Chief Carmine Caruso says that a powerline had fallen down across the driveway, making gaining access to the part of the home that was in flames very difficult.

The homeowner and his daughter were able to escape safely.

Chief Caruso says no injuries have yet been reported. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire officials are reminding residents to check their smoke detectors.

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