One person was reported dead at the scene of a massive four-alarm fire last night. (August 9)
Ithaca Firefighters responded just after 9:30 p.m. to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of a three-story, three-family residence located a block away from the address originally reported to them.
Once crews made their way to the building, neighbors directed them to its backside and told them there was someone inside who lived there.
The team worked its way inside and found one victim unconscious on the first floor, who was rescued and brought to a Bangs Ambulance on standby.
Personnel then worked relentlessly in an attempt to save the person’s life, but ultimately it was too late.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Somewhat thankfully, the building was otherwise vacant. Officials say nobody else lived there and crews found no other victims inside.
The fire took a full crew of 35 Ithaca Firefighters to bring it under control by midnight, made up of both on-duty personnel and others who were called in from home.
Bangs Ambulance Paramedics and Ithaca Police Officers stood by at the scene.
Fire Units from Cayuga Heights, Dryden, and Newfield fire departments were also called into the city to help, and to handle other emergency calls as they came into the 911 center.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ithaca Police Department, The Ithaca Fire Department Fire Investigation Team, and the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
ID of the victim is not being released pending notification of the family.