May 13th was an unlucky Mother's Day for a house that was severely damaged Sunday in Lansing. The Lansing and Cayuga Heights Fire Department were dispatched to the house, still under construction, on Sperry Lane at 7:28am. Tompkins County Sheriff's deputies were also dispatched to the scene. Route 34B was closed between Lansing Station and Lansingville Roads for about four hours as firefighters battled the conflagration. 25 Lansing firefighters were eventually joined by 40 more from more fire departments, responding to a call for tankers when it was found that a broken water main reduced pressure to hydrants, hindering responders' ability to suppress the fire.
"During our initial attack we experienced low water pressure from the hydrants so we had inadequate water supply," says Lansing Fire Chief Scott Purcell. "We later learned that there was a water main break down by the school which was the result of the low water pressure. We called for tankers to shuttle water to the fire. The departments with tankers that came and helped were, Freeville, McLean, Groton, Genoa, King Ferry, Aurora, and Poplar Ridge."