Syracuse, N.Y. – Thursday, November 18th has been a busy day for the Syracuse Fire Department. At 11:45 a.m., crews were called to 116 Milnor Avenue, between Seeley Road and Ball Avenue, for a reported structure fire. The first unit was on scene in less than three minutes, and found smoke coming from the first floor of the single-family home. Crews immediately began working to extinguish the fire while attempting to search for any trapped or endangered occupants. Heavy clutter in the home made the first few moments of the operation very difficult for firefighters. It took more than 30 minutes to fully extinguish the blaze.
It was later determined that all occupants had made it outside prior to the fire department’s arrival. Three of the occupants were transported to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. One occupant was also burned. Their conditions are not currently known. A firefighter was transported to the hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries. That firefighter was treated and released. The local chapter of the American Red Cross will be assisting displaced occupants of the home with shelter and other needs.
At 1:52 p.m. crews were called to 225 Palmer Avenue for another reported structure fire. The first unit was on scene in just over one minute, and found a fire in the basement of the structure. The fire was extinguished in about ten minutes, and the damage was considered minimal. The house was undergoing renovations and was not occupied. No injuries were reported.
Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of each fire.