House Fire Battled by Syracuse, NY, Firefighters

Feb. 23, 2024
Syracuse firefighters said a box truck in the driveway also caught fire.

Syracuse, N.Y. — At least five people were displaced Thursday night after a fire broke out on the first and second floors of a Syracuse home, firefighters said.

The fire was so intense that a box truck in the driveway had started to burn as firefighters arrived.

Firefighters were called around 8:45 p.m. to 1228 Park St., where they saw heavy flames on both floors, according to Onondaga County 911 Center dispatches.

Several rooms were fully engulfed in flames and fire broke through a hole in the roof, said District Chief Matthew Craner, a spokesperson for the Syracuse Fire Department.

A search revealed the two-apartment home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, he said.

The bulk of the fire was out after 30 minutes, but firefighters remained to take care of hotspots, Craner said.

Firefighters had to tear open walls and pull down ceilings, looking for hidden fire. At one point, firefighters worked to get water to a hidden section of the small attic, as flames roared through a hole in the roof, he said.

The fire was declared officially out after almost an hour and a half, he said.

“It was a pretty stubborn fire,” Craner said. “It was very labor-intensive, exhausting work for the people inside.”

Two firefighter had minor injuries. One was treated at the scene for having debris in the eye while another acquired a minor burn and was taken to a hospital, Craner said. No one else was injured.

The five people displaced by the fire were assisted by the Red Cross, he said.

Investigators are working to determine how and where the fire started.


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