Syracuse, N.Y. – On May 5th, Syracuse Firefighters were on the scene of a house fire in 1.5 minutes. At approximately 9:48 a.m. the Fire Department was alerted to a report of a fire in a closet at 1218 West Onondaga Street. Engine 3, (808 Bellevue Avenue) was first to arrive. Crews reported finding a 2 ½ story wood frame, multi-family home with heavy smoke coming from the eaves at the rear of the building.
Multiple attack lines were stretched into the home and search crews checked for potential victims. The occupants had escaped from the home prior to the fire departments arrival. They were alerted by the smell of smoke. There are three apartments in the building occupied by a total of 11 adults. The building had working smoke detectors. The fire was extinguished, but damaged the first and second floor, as well as the attic.
Fire Investigators are searching for the origin and cause of the fire. An occupant attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose. This action created a delay in reporting the fire, allowing the blaze to grow in size before the fire department arrived. National Grid, AMR, the Red Cross and Syracuse Police were also on the scene. There were no injuries reported.