SKANEATELES — Multiple fire departments from both Onondaga and Cayuga counties put out a fire at a residence in the town of Skaneateles Tuesday morning.

The fire occurred at 1787 Russells Landing, also known as Fire Lane 50, a one-story home overlooking Skaneateles Lake. The home is just south of the hamlet of Mandana.

Skaneateles Assistant Fire Chief Pete Buehler said no one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.

A neighbor called in the blaze, which Buehler said appears to have started in the left corner of the front of the building, at 7:59 a.m. The fire was out within 20 minutes, he added. 

The fire lane has several houses close together on the water, but damage was contained to the one structure. Though the outside of the structure appeared intact, firefighters were surveying damage inside. Buehler said he did not believe the home was a total loss.

"The guys made a hell of a stop," Buehler said about the firefighters who responded. "It could have been worse."

Onondaga County's Fire Investigation Unit was on scene to determine the cause. As of 2:30 p.m., Buehler said the team was still conducting tests and could not yet say whether the fire was suspicious or not.

Several fire departments responded to the call including Skaneateles, Marcellus, Mottville, Owasco and New Hope. Jordan, Moravia and Sennett departments were standing by. 

According to Onondaga County real property records, the single family residence was built in 1979 and is owned by John O. Priest, of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Staff writer Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (315) 282-2237 or gwendolyn.craig@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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