Syracuse, N.Y. – At approximately 8:49 p.m. on September 8, 2019 the Syracuse Fire Department was alerted to a reported fire at 1214 South State Street. Engine Co. 1 (State and Adams) was on the scene in under a minute. Crews reported a heavy volume of smoke and fire from the vacant building. The unique construction features of this very old and large building made fighting this fire extremely dangerous. The building is essentially two, two story wood frame homes that have been tied together with a one story concrete block commercial store front.
Due to the rapidly deteriorating fire conditions, the fire was attacked from outside of the building. Additional companies were called in and the total number of firefighters on scene was over 50. Crews had to cut down trees and fencing, as well as remove metal and plywood covering doors and windows to access the flames. Multiple large diameter hoses and master stream devices were used. Each device is capable of flowing over 1000 gallons of water per minute. As more water was needed, crews used their knowledge of the water supply system in the City of Syracuse to tap into hydrants in the area that were tied to large water mains in order maximize the amount of water available.
Multiple agencies including National Grid, AMR, Syracuse Police and the Red Cross were on the scene assisting the fire department. The building has sustained heavy damage. Fire Investigators are currently searching for the origin and cause of the fire. There were no reported injuries. Fire crews were on the scene until after 3:00 a.m.