Syracuse, N.Y. – Around 9:13 A.M. Saturday May 1st, the crew of Truck 2 noticed heavy smoke in the 900 block of North Alvord Street. They quickly determined that a building situated behind 908 North Alvord Street was on fire. A ‘Signal 99’ was immediately transmitted, which is the Syracuse Fire Department’s code for a working structure fire. As the crew of Truck 2 waited for assistance, they began working to contain the fire and check for any trapped occupants. 3 engine companies, Rescue 1, Squad 1, a District Chief, a safety officer, and a rapid intervention team (RIT) were dispatched to help Truck 2 battle the blaze.
The structure, a large detached garage with living space above, was heavily involved in fire. At one point, the conditions on the 2nd floor became so bad that firefighters were forced to back out and fight the fire from the exterior. It took approximately 25 minutes to fully extinguish the fire, and crews were able to prevent it from spreading to two nearby structures that were in very close proximity.
National Grid, the Syracuse Police Department, and AMR also responded to the scene. There were no injuries, and it was determined that the building was unoccupied. Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to identify the origin and cause of the fire.