Wed., 12:21 am: Howland family arrives to home on fire

HOWLAND – A man was transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after his 1025 Westover Drive home caught fire.

“We were leaving the McDonald’s and turned around the corner and started following this fire truck and I got that nervous feeling … you know how you do whenever there is a fire truck headed toward where you live,” said Seth Nycum, 21, of the residence.

He and his siblings arrived home to find their home surrounded by the Howland Fire Department and their father, David Nycum, being treated for smoke inhalation.

Several other crews were called to the scene around 9:15 p.m. including Weathersfield, Bazetta and Cortland. Howland fire Chief James Pantalone said the cause and damage estimates remain under investigation, but that the fire was easily put out from the back of the house where flames and smoke could be seen.

Late Tuesday, the family’s black husky and several cats had yet to be found. One of the children said the husky responds to the name “Serenity.”