Fire destroyed a house on Neil Collins Road in Learned, near Utica.
Firefighters battled the flames with no access to hydrants in the rural area.
"We were able to draft out of a swimming pool on scene and that was an additional water supply there," said Chief Alvin Woods of the Learned Volunteer Fire Department.
No one was home when the fire started. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.
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