Around 2:30 early Wednesday morning, the City of Cortland Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 10 Northcliffe Road in the City of Cortland.
As firefighters arrived at the 9-unit apartment complex, they found a fire visible through an apartment’s patio door with smoke coming from the structure. As one engine crew worked to suppress the fire, another began to search the building for any fire extension or victims within.
The occupant of the apartment the fire began in was treated for smoke inhalation by Cortland Fire Department members and later transported to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. Quick work by the City of Cortland Fire Department had the fire out in under 10 minutes.
One person was displaced due to the fire, the remaining 8 apartments were able to be reoccupied. No firefighters were injured during the fire. An investigation found the fire to be accidental and the scene was turned over to the property owner a little bit before 4am.
The City of Cortland Fire Department stresses the importance of having working smoke detectors and the necessity of an evacuation plan for all residences.
Assisting the City of Cortland Fire Department was Cortland Police, TLC Ambulance, and the Cortland County 9-1-1 Center.