Passersby Alert Occupant to North Side House Fire

Syracuse, N.Y. – It has been a busy day for fire companies on Syracuse’s north side.  At 2:50 P.M., crews were called to 1232 Wadsworth Street for a residential structure fire.  This was the second fire in that area of the city in just a few hours.

The first units were on scene in just over three minutes, and reported heavy smoke issuing from the attic of a 2 ½ story wood-frame private dwelling.  Crews immediately began searching the structure for any trapped or endangered occupants while simultaneously working to extinguish the fire.  Firefighters worked quickly and were able to contain the fire to the attic.  Neighboring structures and other areas of the home were not damaged.  The fire was brought under control in less than twenty minutes.

There was one occupant home at the time of the fire, and he was able to escape as firefighters were arriving.  He was transported by AMR to a local hospital for evaluation.  His injuries are not considered life threatening.  National Grid and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the incident.  Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

This fire was reported by several people passing by who noticed smoke coming from the house and called 911 right away. These citizens also immediately began banging on the front door to alert the occupant.   Their quick actions likely saved a life.  Any time you see or smell smoke coming from a structure, please call 911 immediately.