A smoke detector alerted two people inside a residence of a possible fire within. The Ithaca Fire Department responded to the call around 11pm on January 5th in the 100 block of East Falls Street in the City of Ithaca.
On arrival, fire crews found smoke and flames coming from the front and side of the residence. Firefighters immediately brought in hose lines and went inside the building to knock down the flames and search for anyone inside.
The two persons inside the residence that heard the smoke detectors were able to get out safely and no one was left inside when crews arrived.
The entire on-duty shift of the Ithaca Fire Department responded to the fire and resulted in a third alarm being called to bring in additional firefighters and resources. Mutual aid was also requested to cover over calls in the IFD.
Firefighters were able to knock down the fire, but the home suffered extensive fire, water, and smoke damage and will need repairs before residents are safe to return.
The cause of the fire is unknown and is currently being investigated by IFD’s Fire Investigation Unit.
Assisting the Ithaca Fire Department was Bangs Ambulance, Ithaca Police, and NYSEG. Newfield and Cayuga Heights Fire Departments provided additional assistance covering other calls in the area.
No injuries are reported.