Ceiling Falls on Syracuse Firefighter While Battling Apartment Fire

Syracuse, N.Y. – At 6:05 P.M. on May 7th, the Syracuse Fire Department was called to 184 Remington Avenue for a structure fire after multiple witnesses called 911.  The first fire companies were on scene in less than three minutes and reported heavy smoke and fire conditions showing from the second and third floor of a three-story garden-style multiple occupancy apartment building.

A total of 34 firefighters responded to the scene to battle the fire. Several firefighters deployed fire hoses to extinguish the flames while other firefighters searched the smoke-filled building to ensure all occupants were accounted for. During the 30 minute firefight, a ceiling collapsed on top of a firefighter. The firefighter was removed from the structure and was transported to Upstate University Hospital. The firefighter was treated and released from the hospital but will not return to work tonight. Fire Chief Monds visited the firefighter in the hospital and is happy to report the firefighter is in good spirits and is on track to recover from the injury.

The apartment building suffered smoke, fire and water damage. Volunteers from the Central & Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to six people including four adults and two children, ages 1 and 7. Syracuse Fire Department Investigators are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. The Remington Gardens apartment complex was built in 1989 in the Outer Comstock neighborhood and has 14 three-story buildings with 156 units. Today’s fire marks the 31st major fire of 2022, and the 107th major structure fire in the City of Syracuse over the last 17 months.