Syracuse, N.Y. – At 11:51 A.M. Feb.19th , Syracuse firefighters returning from an emergency call noticed smoke coming from a building at 951 South Geddes Street, between Delaware and Fitch Streets. Around that same time, the Onondaga County 911 Center began receiving multiple calls from residents of that address. The first firefighters on scene immediately called for assistance, and began evacuating the building. All occupants were able to make it out safely.
Firefighters encountered a very heavy volume of fire and extreme heat on the second floor, and were ultimately forced to withdraw from the building and battle the blaze from the outside. More than 50 firefighters were called to the scene, and it took over three hours to extinguish the bulk of the fire. As of 4:15 P.M., crews remain on the scene chasing hot spots.
Centro was able to send a bus to the scene so that fire crews could periodically be rotated out of the freezing temperatures and take short breaks.
The large building contained 5 apartments and a barber shop. The damage to the building is very significant, and all the occupants have been displaced. The Red Cross assisted the affected families with shelter and other needs. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to two nearby homes. AMR, National Grid, and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene. Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.