Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse firefighters responded to two fires in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 30th. The first fire, at 125 West Beard Avenue, was reported at 2:18 A.M. The first units were on scene in less than two minutes, and reported heavy smoke and fire conditions on the second floor.
The building contained four apartments, and firefighters immediately began searching for trapped or endangered occupants. Most of the occupants were able to escape the building uninjured. However, two occupants suffered burns and smoke inhalation. They were transported to Upstate University Hospital by AMR. Their conditions are not currently known.
It took nearly 50 minutes to fully extinguish the West Beard Avenue fire. Two of the apartments in the building were damaged, and the Red Cross is providing assistance with shelter and other needs to those affected.
The second fire, at 559 Buckingham Avenue, was reported at 6:02 A.M. The first units were on scene in just over three minutes, and found a fire in the first floor of the single family residence. This fire was fully extinguished in less than twenty minutes. No injuries were reported.
Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the causes of both fires.
The outside temperature during both of these fires hovered around 12ºF. Freezing temperatures can create significant challenges during firefighting operations. Pumps, hoses, and other equipment often freeze. Ladders and aerial devices become coated with ice. Additionally, the risk of hypothermia for firefighters increases substantially in these conditions.