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Cortland City Firefighters Battle Stubborn ‘All Hands’ House Fire on Park Street


It was late last evening around 11:21 that City Firefighters were called for a reported kitchen fire at 16 Park Street.

According to the department, arriving firefighters on scene confirmed visible fire from a kitchen window and began to immediately extinguish the fire along with a search for any occupants. Occupants were all out and accounted for.

Photo from City of Cortland Fire Department

Firefighters also found that fire had traveled in the walls to the upper floors, says the department. They then called for a “All Hands” for additional off duty personnel to come to the scene.

Chief Freidman says the bulk of the fire was knocked down within 10 minutes of arrival, however extension of fire required significant overall and further extinguishing of small fires in the walls and a
roof line on the first floor.

“Difficulty gaining access through parts of the structure made overhaul and full fire extinguishment difficult and manpower intensive”, according to Fire Chief Wayne Friedman.

All fire was out within 40 minutes.

Approximately 25 firefighters were on scene. The Cortlandville Fire Department assisted on the
scene and the Homer Fire Department stood by at their station in the event other alarms came in
for the City.

The cause of the fire was a determined to be accidental involving cooking on the kitchen stove.

There were no injuries to the sole occupant or any firefighters. The home suffered some significant smoke, fire and water damage and could not be reoccupied.

The Red Cross assisted the occupant with housing.

The Cortland Police Department, TLC Ambulance, National Grid and NYSEG also assisted on
scene. All units cleared at approximately 4:00 AM.

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