Syracuse, N.Y. – At 2:33 A.M., the Syracuse Fire Department was called to 407 East Division Street for a reported fire after a passerby noticed heavy black smoke coming from the building. Firefighters forced entry into a first-floor apartment, and encountered a significant volume of fire. They immediately began working to extinguish the blaze while searching for trapped occupants.
The building contained three apartments. Some of the building’s occupants were able to escape without assistance, but firefighters had to help two people evacuate from a second-floor apartment. It was quickly determined that no one was inside the first-floor apartment at the time of the fire.
It took firefighters approximately 15 minutes to completely extinguish the flames, and the majority of the damage was contained to the apartment of origin. Crews had to utilize positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the smoke from the rest of the building, and that process took nearly an hour. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross will be assisting displaced occupants with shelter and other needs. National Grid, AMR, and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.