Syracuse, N.Y. – Shortly before 1:00 A.M. today, the Syracuse Fire Department was called to 1624 West Genesee Street, between Emerson Avenue and Milton Avenue, for a reported fire in an apartment building. The first units were on scene in less than 3 minutes and reported that heavy fire was visible from the street.
The large building contained multiple apartments, and several firefighters immediately began working to extinguish the blaze while others searched each apartment for trapped occupants. Crews encountered severe fire conditions on the second floor, and one firefighter was transported to the hospital after suffering burns. It took more than 90 minutes to fully extinguish the fire. All residents of the building were able to escape without injury, although a family dog died in the fire. The injured firefighter was treated at a local hospital and later released.
The fire caused significant damage, and the residents are not currently able to return to the building. The local chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting all of the displaced tenants with shelter and other needs.
National Grid, AMR, and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene. Members of the SFD Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. The building was equipped with working smoke detectors.