House Fire on North Edwards Avenue

Syracuse, N.Y. – At 9:03 A.M. Sunday, October 31, Syracuse firefighters were called to 119 North Edwards Avenue, between James Street and Tyson Place, for a possible structure fire.  A passerby noticed smoke coming from the first floor of the house and called 911.  The first unit, Engine 17, was on the scene in less than three minutes and reported a fire on the first floor of the two-story, single-family dwelling.  The sole occupant was able to escape prior to the fire department’s arrival, and met firefighters in front of the house.

Crews thoroughly searched the house and were able to confirm that there was no one else trapped inside. Firefighters worked quickly to contain the blaze, completely extinguishing it in less than ten minutes.  Damage to the structure was kept to a minimum, and the occupant will likely be able to continue living there.

No injuries were reported.  The Syracuse Police Department, AMR, and National Grid also responded to the scene.  Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

The Syracuse Fire Department has an average response time of less than 3 minutes and 30 seconds for all incident types.  Because someone immediately called 911 when they saw smoke this morning, we were able to prevent injuries and keep property loss to a minimum.  Any time you see or smell smoke coming from a building, dial 911 right away.