House Fire on Garfield Avenue: Woman Trapped, Firefighters Injured

Syracuse, N.Y. – At 4:41 P.M. April 28th, the Syracuse Fire Department responded to 521 Garfield Avenue for a house fire with a report of a person trapped inside.  The first units were on scene in just over one minute, and found a 2 ½ story wood-frame private dwelling with heavy smoke and fire in the attic area.

Firefighters encountered a tremendous amount of heat and zero visibility while searching the structure for the trapped occupant.  After a few minutes, they were able to locate and remove her.  The victim, an adult female, was unconscious and immediately treated by firefighters and paramedics from AMR.  She was transported to Upstate University Hospital.  Her condition is not currently known.

Three firefighters were hurt while battling the blaze.  All three were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.  It took crews nearly 30 minutes to fully extinguish the fire.  National Grid and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene.  The American Red Cross will be assisting displaced residents with shelter and other needs.  Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause.