Syracuse, N.Y. – At 5:06 a.m., firefighters were called to 511 Avery Avenue for a reported structure fire. The first units were on scene in 3 minutes, and found heavy fire visible from a second floor apartment window.
The building is a two-story mixed occupancy with commercial space on the first floor and nine apartments on the second floor. Smoke detectors alerted all of the residents to the fire, and everyone was able to escape from the building safely before the fire department arrived.
Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the blaze, and most of the damage was contained to the apartment of origin. However, National Grid crews had to shut off electricity and gas to all of the apartments as a precaution. The American Red Cross will be assisting the displaced occupants with shelter and other needs. Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.
Once again, working smoke detectors have prevented a tragedy. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends installing smoke detectors on every floor of a building, in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Test the smoke detectors in your home monthly, and replace them every ten years.
Any time you see or smell smoke you should immediately alert others, evacuate the building, and call 911.