Syracuse, N.Y. – At 2:50 p.m. Friday Jan 1st , the Syracuse Fire Department was called to 506 West Onondaga Street for a reported structure fire. People in the area called 911 when they noticed black smoke coming from the vacant building, which is situated between Midland Avenue and South Avenue. This is the third structure fire that Syracuse fire crews have responded to in 3 days.
The first units were on scene in less than two minutes. Firefighters immediately searched the building for any trapped or endangered occupants. The bulk of the fire was extinguished in less than twenty minutes. No injuries were reported. The Fire Investigation Bureau is currently working to determine the cause of the fire. AMR, National Grid, and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene.
Fires in vacant or abandoned structures can be very dangerous. A 2018 study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) found that more than 3,000 firefighters are injured fighting these types of fires every year in the United States.