Firefighters Battle Major Early Morning Fire on Butternut Street

Syracuse, N.Y. – At 5:04 A.M. today, the Syracuse Fire Department was called to 1000 Butternut Street for a reported structure fire.  The first fire units were on scene in approximately three minutes, and found a large mixed-occupancy building with heavy fire visible from multiple points.  There was a convenience store on the first floor of the building, with several apartments above.

It was originally reported that people were trapped in the upstairs apartments, so firefighters immediately began searching those areas.  It was later determined that only one of the apartments was occupied, and the adult resident of that apartment was able to escape safely prior to the fire department’s arrival.  A neighboring building was temporarily evacuated as a precaution.  The residents of that building were kept warm in a Centro bus that was brought to the scene.

Conditions inside the building deteriorated quickly, and the flames became too intense to fight from the inside.  Crews were forced to back out of the building and fight the fire from the exterior.  During the firefighting operations, the roof of the building collapsed.  More than 50 on-duty firefighters were called to the scene, and it took almost four hours to extinguish the bulk of the fire.

The Syracuse Police Department, AMR, and National Grid also responded to the incident.  The damage to the building is significant, and the Red Cross will be assisting the displaced occupant with shelter and other needs.  Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

Butternut Street remains closed between Carbon and Spring Streets.  Please avoid the area.