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Fire­fight­ers were called out to a house fire Thurs­day after­noon near West Otter Lake in Steuben County.

The call for help came in just after 4 p.m., and fire crews from four area com­pa­nies were dis­patched to the blaze at 9500 County Road W.

Crews quickly doused the flames, but the dam­age was dine to the kitchen, attic and exte­rior of the house. The dam­age was esti­mated at $45,000 accord­ing to fire inves­ti­ga­tors.

The home­owner told fire­fight­ers the kitchen stove caught fire while his fam­ily was cook­ing. After try­ing unsuc­cess­fully to extin­guish the flames, he escaped the home with his fam­ily. No one was hurt.

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