NEW CITY - Officials say a fire in a New City house may have been averted if the homeowners had installed smoke detectors.

Firefighters responded to a call about a fire in the basement of a home on West Clarkstown Road last night. Crews were able to quickly get the flames under control, but there is extensive damage throughout the house.

Fire officials say there were no smoke detectors in the home. But two brand-new ones, still in boxes, were discovered by firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.