Around 11:40 on Sunday night, the Ithaca Fire Department responded to a residence on the 100 block of Cleveland Street in the City of Ithaca for a reported house fire.
Tompkins County 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting the house fire. Arriving units found a heavy fire with the fire blowing nearly into the street. Ithaca Firefighters worked to extinguish external flames before they were able to enter the building to search for any occupants who may have been trapped.
One occupant inside the house was alerted by a neighbor and smoke detectors were heard going off by arriving firefighters, according to a release by the Ithaca Fire Department. No persons were injured during the fire and firefighters were able to find a cat, who was injured. The Tompkins County SPCA responded to provide medical care and transport for the cat.
Firefighters had the fire under control in about 30 minutes from the time of call. A third alarm was issued to bring in off duty firefighters to the scene as well as assist in any other calls.
Fire departments standing by in quarters were Newfield, Lansing, and Cayuga Heights. Bangs Ambulance, Ithaca Police, NYSEG, and the Red Cross also provided assistance during the call.
Two people were displaced due to the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the NYS Office of Fire Protection and Control with assistance from the Ithaca Fire Department and Police.
Fire crews remained on scene until 8am yesterday morning extinguishing hotspots.