Syracuse, New York. Syracuse Police responded to a report of a vehicle striking a utility pole at the intersection of Liberty St and W. Belden Ave on November 22, 2018 at 1:43 am.. As officers responded, it was further reported that power lines from the pole were down and sparking, and the vehicle may have ignited.
This was confirmed as the vehicle became engulfed and a nearby residence, 417 Liberty St, also ignited. It was initially reported that residents may be trapped in the building but Syracuse Fire Dept reported all residents had successfully evacuated. No injuries were reported. Damage included: the involved vehicle which was destroyed by fire, a parked vehicle, a National Grid utility pole, a City of Syracuse stop sign, and the residence at 417 Liberty St which was destroyed in the fire.
A transformer was also damaged, causing a temporary power outage in the immediate area including stop lights along N Geddes St and W Genesee St. N. Geddes St remained closed at Belden for approximately three hours for Fire Operations.
The cause of the crash appears to be excessive speed on the part of the involved vehicle, which remained on the scene. It was further reported at that time that the driver of the involved vehicle exited said vehicle and walked away southbound on Liberty St. He was described as a mid-20’s black male last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering.
The registered owner later contacted 911 to report the vehicle stolen but could not be located by responding officers. The details of the crash and the status of the vehicle remain under investigation by the Syracuse Police Dept.
Anyone that may have been in the area and may have any information is asked to call Syracuse Police Traffic Section at (315)442-5130 or 911. All calls will remain confidential. Anonymous tips may also be submitted using the “SPD Tips” app.