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Thanksgiving fire in city quickly put out; one resident displaced


At 3:18 pm, yesterday (November 25th) afternoon Cortland City Firefighters responded to house with apartments on the corner of South Main and Crawford Streets. South Main Street was closed for a brief time.

Cortland City Fire Dept. Engine 201 on scene. (Photo by Mike Eves)

Luckily, a passerby saw smoke and called 911.

According to City of Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman, Firefighters were dispatched to a multiple family apartment building at 200 Main Street at the corner of Crawford Street with Fire Department personnel arriving within two minutes and confirmed a smoke condition. Firefighters accessing the attic did find heavy fire was traveling in a void space between the second-floor ceiling and the attic floor.

A second alarm was called to bring in additional resources due to the occupancy of the building and the initial fire conditions. The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes and all occupants are accounted for.

The City of Cortland Fire Department was assisted on scene by the Cortlandville Fire Department, NYSEG and National Grid and the Cortland County Fire and Emergency Response office. Homer and Dryden Fire Department were put on standby.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the City Fire Investigation Division but is
believed to be electrical related.

No smoke detectors were active at the residence.

Occupants of the apartment were assisted by the Red Cross as the apartment was uninhabitable.

(Photo provided by City of Cortland Fire Dept.)

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