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Another Quick Action by Tenants Prevent Possible Structure Fire in Cortland

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Another quick action by tenants prevented what could’ve been a major structure fire within the City of Cortland. Around 8 o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, February 14th, Cortland Fire responded to the area of 42 Owego Street for a reported structure fire.


A call came into 9-1-1 dispatch by a neighbor, of a smoke condition in the area of 42 Owego Street. As firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a container that was on fire next to a building located at 38 Owego Street. Cortland Fire says there was also a heavy smoke condition on the second floor of the building.

Tenants of the apartment building had evacuated the building after having used a dry chemical fire extinguisher onto a pan that was on fire on their kitchen stove. Cortland Fire says the pan was thrown outside through the window by the tenants which landed next to the building.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and began to ventilate the smoke inside the building.

Due to the quick actions by the tenants of using the fire extinguisher, the reporting of the fire by neighbors to County 9-1-1, and Cortland Fires quick response, there was no structural damage to the building as a result.

38 Owego Street is a mixed use property with 7 apartments and business offices on the first floor. All tenants were able to reoccupy the building once the investigation into the fire was completed.

The investigation determined the fire began accidentally. No injuries occurred. This is the second time quick actions by both the tenants and Fire Department prevented a possible structure fire. Back on January 30th, tenants also used a fire extinguisher to stop a kitchen fire.

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