Apartment Building Fire on Willis Avenue

Syracuse, N.Y. – At 9:24 A.M. June 9,  firefighters were called to 1310 Willis Avenue, between Erie Boulevard and Kane Road, for a reported structure fire.  Several people had called 911 to report that a second floor apartment was on fire, and that people were still inside the building.  The first units arrived in just three minutes and reported heavy smoke and fire visible from the second floor.

Firefighters immediately began searching the building for trapped or endangered occupants while simultaneously working to extinguish the blaze.  They encountered tremendous heat and zero visibility while inside.  It was quickly determined that all of the residents had made it out of the building safely prior to the fire department’s arrival.  Firefighters were able to locate and remove two cats and a dog.  The dog did not survive.

Because of today’s high temperature and humidity, extra firefighters had to be called to the scene to assist.  A total of 45 firefighters worked for more than 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.  A rehabilitation sector was set up so that firefighters could briefly remove their turnout gear, rehydrate and have their vital signs checked.  Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.  Two civilians were evaluated at the scene by AMR, but were not transported to a hospital.

The building contained four apartments, and all of the residents have been temporarily displaced due to the amount of damage.  The Red Cross will be assisting those affected with shelter and other needs.  National Grid and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene.  Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.