Syracuse, N.Y. – Around 7:50 a.m. December 31st, a person walking past 1304 South Avenue noticed smoke coming from the building. The passerby quickly called 911 and started knocking on the front door in an attempt to alert anyone inside.
Firefighters from Engine Company 3, the first arriving unit, were on scene in exactly two minutes. After gaining entry, crews immediately began extinguishing the fire and searching for trapped occupants. Inside the building, crews encountered heavy smoke and fire, with zero visibility. Three hose lines had to be put into operation to fully extinguish the blaze. The fire rapidly spread to the attic area, and it became necessary to cut a hole in the roof in order to vent the extensive heat and smoke from the structure. After a very thorough search of the building, it was determined that no residents were inside.
No injuries were reported. Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the cause of the fire. National Grid, AMR, and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene.
A citizen reporting this fire right away likely prevented the situation from becoming much worse. Any time you see or smell smoke around a building, please call 911 immediately.