Fire Severely Damages Vacant House on May Avenue

Syracuse, N.Y. – At 3:58 A.M. May 16th Syracuse firefighters were called to 217 May Avenue for a reported fire in a vacant house.  This is the third major structure fire that the Syracuse Fire Department has responded to in just over 24 hours.

The first units were on scene in approximately two minutes, and reported that the entire second floor of the structure was heavily involved in fire.  Crews initiated an interior attack on the fire, and began searching for any trapped victims.  The flames quickly became too intense, and the decision was made to temporarily withdraw all firefighters from the building and battle the blaze from the outside.

After backing out of the structure, crews had to utilize several master stream devices to gain control of the fire.  Each of those devices is capable of flowing over 1,000 gallons of water per minute.

Firefighters were eventually able to resume an interior attack, and it took about 45 minutes to completely extinguish the blaze. The damage to the house, which has been vacant for an extended period of time, is significant.   None of the neighboring homes were affected, and no injuries were reported.  National Grid, AMR, and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene.  Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.