One resident was able to escape the Route 65 blaze but volunteer firefighters found another resident on the second story, collapsed at the top of the stairwell. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two pets also died in the blaze but one cat was found alive in the debris. The cause of the fire is under investigation but believed to have started in the kitchen.
WEST BLOOMFIELD — A house fire at 1918 Route 65 claimed the life of a woman late Thursday night.
Deputies Friday confirmed the victim as Mary Jo Mastantone, 85. Her name and that of another resident who escaped the fire, were being withheld until all family members could be notified, according to the Ontario County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies responded at 10:37 p.m. to the house in the town of West Bloomfield, within the Honeoye Falls fire district, for a reported house on fire with the possibility of people trapped. They found the house engulfed by flames and heavy smoke. One resident was able to escape the fire but could not retrieve his relative due to the extreme heat and heavy smoke, according to the sheriff's office.
Volunteer firefighters found Mastantone on the second story, collapsed at the top of the stairwell. They were able to get her out of the home, but she succumbed to heavy smoke inhalation and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two pets also died in the fire, but one cat was saved from the debris, according to deputies.
According to Ontario County fire investigators on the scene, the fire apparently started in the kitchen area and spread throughout the rest of the house, which was heavily damaged by fire, smoke and water. The exact cause is undetermined, and the investigation continues.
Honeoye Falls, East Avon, Rush and Mendon firefighters responded, assisted on the scene by Honeoye Falls-Mendon Ambulance and the Red Cross.