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Smoke Detectors Installed by Fire Department Alert Residents of Furnace Fire

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Around 6:50 in the morning on Wednesday, May 15th, Cortland Fire responded to 3 Cowance Street in the City of Cortland for a basement fire that was reported at the residence. Cortland Fire says crews arrived just three minutes later to find a home with light smoke coming from the roof.


Firefighters entered through the front door of the residence and proceeded to the basement where they encountered heavy smoke and moderate heat conditions at the basement door.
Once down in the basement, firefighters found and extinguished a fire in the furnace.

While crews were ensuring the fire was extinguished in the furnace, additional crews checked the rest of the residence to ensure there was no fire extension. Once cleared, the building was ventilated and then checked for any hazardous gasses.

An investigation into the fire found it to be accidental with a component to the furnace failing, which contributed to the fire.

“The early detection capability of the properly installed and strategically located smoke detectors was a pivotal factor in the successful outcome of this alarm. A few years ago, the City of Cortland Fire department installed multiple smoke detectors in the home, a decision that proved to be life-saving in this incident.”

Said Cortland Fire Deputy Chief Derek Reynolds in a press release.

No one was injured as a result of the fire.

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