Corning fire destroys two homes

Julie R. Johnson/Corning Observer

A house fire at 617 Solano St., Corning burned to the ground and caused so much damage to the neighbor's home it is a total loss. The blaze was called into the Corning Volunteer Fire Department at 1:02 a.m. with firefighters on scene at 1:11 a.m., however, the Solano Street home was already fully engulfed in flames and was burning the house next to it, 801 Peach St., which was occupied by three people. The Peach Street residence is considered a complete loss from both fire and water damage. Anthony Koepke, who rented the Peach Street residence, said he was just going to sleep when he heard screaming and his dogs started barking. He was able to get himself, his mother, Abbigale Stelling and his three dogs out of the home safely. The man whose house burned to the ground, Ed Duncan, was reportedly not home when the fire started, but arrived while firefighters and police officers were at the scene. The Corning Fire Department reports the loss to each house and contents as $210,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.