Fire Forces Tenants From Multi-Family Home in Cortland
Cortland City Firefighters responded to a fire at this multi-family home at the corner of Greenbush Street and Central Ave. this morning.
Just after 8 o’clock today County Emergency Dispatchers received a report of a fire in the basement of a home at 38 Greenbush Street.
Initial reports suggested that a woman was still inside the home; rescuers searched the house and were able to determine that everyone was able to get out safely. One of the residents apparently sustained an injury when exiting the building they slipped on the stairs.
One man was taken to the hospital with burns to his hands. According to City Fire Chief Chuck Glover the man had attempted to put the fire out and was burned in the process, he was treated for his injuires and released.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke in the basement of the building; they rescued several animals from the home as they brought the fire under control, it was primarliy contained to the basment of the home.
At this point the cause of the fire is unknown; the City Fire Investigation Team was on the scene trying to determine what happened.
The Cortland County Chapter of The Red Cross has been called in to help provide temporary housing to the residents who will not be allowed back into the apartment house right away.
Matt Michael with the Red Cross says the agency is providing lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights for four adults from two of the building’s four units. The tenants from the other two apartments have found other places to stay.
The tenants were able to retrieve their personal belongings from the home.
Homer and Cortlandville firefighters also responded to the scene with manpower and equipment.