Syracuse, N.Y. – At 1:33 A.M. Saturday May 15th, firefighters were called to 615 West Onondaga Street for a fire in an apartment building. The first units were on scene in less than 3 minutes, and reported heavy fire conditions on the first floor. Several of the building’s occupants were hanging out of their apartment windows, and at least 5 were rescued from the building via fire department ladders.
Due to the volume of fire and the number of people inside, a second alarm was transmitted. Over fifty firefighters were brought to the scene, and it took approximately 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. Firefighters and paramedics from AMR evaluated several people at the scene, and at least two were transported to the hospital. Their conditions are not currently known.
National Grid, the Syracuse Police Department, and the American Red Cross also responded to the incident. Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.