VIDEO: Cold temps make house fire difficult for city responders

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One injured at fire in the City of Cortland last evening.

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In a release, City Fire Chief Wayne Friedmann says firefighters responded to a multi-family residential house at approximately 7:30 PM.

Firefighters found fire found on the back of the building extending into the attic area.

Initial reports indicated occupants were still in the structure. But they were able to quickly determine all occupants made it safely and were accounted for.

One person was treated and transported to the hospital with unknown extent of burns.

The fire was declared under control within an hour.

“The excessive winds and cold temperature made fighting the fire very difficult”, said Chief Friedman.

Significant fire damage was seen in the attic and second floor with water damage throughout.

The building was deemed uninhabitable. Occupants of the structure were assisted by the Red Cross.

The City of Cortland Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Homer and Cortlandville Fire Departments on scene as well as the City Police department and Cortland County Fire Coordinators office.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is believed to be accidental related to a kerosene heater.

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