Fire Department Responds After Vehicle Strikes Building, Bursts into Flames

Syracuse, N.Y. – At 10:57 this morning, the Onondaga County 911 Center received multiple calls regarding a serious motor vehicle accident near 1061 Erie Boulevard East.  Several callers reported that a vehicle was on fire after striking a building.  Power lines were reported to be down near the vehicle, and the occupants were still trapped inside.

The first fire department units were on scene in approximately three minutes and found a heavily damaged vehicle fully engulfed in flames, up against a commercial building.  Bystanders had pulled the occupants from the vehicle prior to the fire department’s arrival.  Two critically injured occupants were treated by paramedics from AMR and the Syracuse Fire Department, and transported to University Hospital.  Their current conditions are not known.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the vehicle fire before it spread to the building.  National Grid crews were called to the scene, and power remained out in the area of the accident.  The incident is currently under investigation by the Syracuse Police Department, and police officials will provide further information at a later time.