Syracuse Fire Department Responds to Third Major Fire in Two Days, Rescues Woman Trapped in Burning Home


Syracuse, N.Y. – Around 5:15pm, July 29th the Onondaga County 911 Center began receiving calls about a house fire at 330 Hatch Street. Fire units were on the scene less than two minutes after being dispatched, and found a two story wood-frame dwelling with a very heavy volume of fire on the first and second floors.

A female occupant of the house was reported to be trapped. Firefighters immediately began an intensive search for the trapped occupant, encountering high heat and zero visibility. The adult female victim was found on the second floor of the home, unconscious and not breathing. Firefighters were able to remove her quickly and she was transported to University Hospital by paramedics from AMR. Her current condition is not known.

The fire was brought under control in approximately 30 minutes. The house suffered extensive damage, and the origin and cause remain under investigation. The Syracuse Police Department, National Grid, and the American Red Cross also responded to the scene.

This is the third major structure fire in less than 48 hours in Syracuse. On July 28th, firefighters responded to a fire in a commercial structure located at 929 South Salina Street. That fire was reported around 3:15 am and took several hours to bring under control. At 10:40 pm, they were dispatched to a fire in a vacant home at 749 West Onondaga Street. At both of those scenes, firefighters encountered heavy fire upon arrival. Three firefighters at the West Onondaga Street fire required treatment for heat exhaustion. Both of those fires remain under investigation.