House Fire on Fellows Avenue

Syracuse, N.Y. – At 8:31 A.M. Nov. 11th the Syracuse Fire Department was called to 315 Fellows Avenue for a reported structure fire.  The first units arrived on scene less than three minutes after the first 911 call.  The building, which contained two apartments, had heavy smoke issuing from the first floor.  Crews immediately began working to extinguish the blaze while searching both apartments for any trapped or endangered occupants.

It took firefighters approximately 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.  Both apartments had working smoke detectors, and all occupants were able to escape prior to the fire department’s arrival.  No injuries were reported.  Although firefighters were able to contain the fire to the apartment of origin, National Grid had to shut off the gas and electricity to the entire building as a precaution.  The local chapter of the American Red Cross will be assisting the displaced occupants with temporary shelter and other needs.  Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

Working smoke detectors save lives.  The Syracuse Fire Department would like to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors at least once a month by pushing the test button.  Smoke detectors older than ten years should be replaced.  Any time you see or smell smoke, alert others and evacuate the building.  Call 911 once you are outside using a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone.