Stubborn House Fire Burns for Hours in Syracuse, NY

Feb. 29, 2024
Heavy fire was showing on two floors of the vacant house, District Chief Matt Cramer reported.

Rylee Kirk


Update as of 1:35 p.m.: Syracuse firefighters have been fighting the stubborn fire for over four hours, said District Chief Matt Craner. The roof and chimney have collapsed into the building, he said.

Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse firefighters battled a North Side house fire in snowy and cold weather on Thursday morning.

Firefighters responded to 212 Seward St. at 7:15 a.m. said District Chief Matt Craner. When firefighters arrived there was heavy fire on two floors, he said.

The home was vacant and conditions inside had deteriorated so firefighters fought the fire from outside, he said. Part of the attic in the rear of the house collapsed, he said. Two trucks were pouring water on the house.

The fire was extinguished on the first and second floor but pockets of fire in the attic were stubborn, he said. The fire department was on scene for over an hour fighting the fire, he said.

Snow was falling heavily while firefighters worked. The snow collected on the firefighter’s helmets, turning them white.

To keep firefighters warm a Centro bus was called to the scene, Craner said.

No one was injured, he said.

The house fire was keeping firefighters busy but they also have been responding to crashes and calls caused by the snow all morning. One of the calls was someone who drove into the back of a fire engine that was responding to a crash, Craner said.

While road conditions are slippery and first responders are responding to 911 calls it is important people are alert for vehicles, Craner said. With cold conditions anyone using a space heater needs to remember to have the area around it clear and to make sure it is plugged in correctly, he said.


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