Syracuse, N.Y. – At 12:33 A.M. April 9, the Syracuse Fire Department was called to 704 North Alvord Street for a fire in a vacant house. A passerby had called 911 after noticing flames. The first fire department units were on scene in just over two minutes, and reported heavy fire conditions in the 2-story wood frame house. Crews immediately searched the structure and were able to verify that no one was inside. It took approximately 30 minutes to fully extinguish the blaze. None of the neighboring homes were damaged.
The Syracuse Police Department, AMR, and National Grid also responded to the scene. Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.
Fires in vacant structures can be very dangerous. Vacant buildings are often in poor repair, and lack the detection and suppression systems that might be found in occupied buildings. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments in the United States respond to more than 30,000 structure fires in vacant properties every year. Any time you see or smell smoke in the vicinity of a vacant structure, please call 911 right away.