Ithaca firefighters extinguish west hill house fire on Sunday

Fire extinguishers weren’t enough to put out a fire on the back deck of a west hill house on Sunday afternoon, and the Ithaca Fire Department soon arrived to deploy two hose lines to battle the “intense” fire.

IFD says the call came in about 4:15pm for smoke coming from a house at 715 Cliff Street, or Route 96 near Vinegar Hill Road on Ithaca’s west hill. Police in the area found the back deck on fire and tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but the fire was too intense, a fire department statement says.

IFD public information officer Lt. Thomas T. Basher Jr. says a crew put a ladder up to the back porch to knock down the fire, while other firefighters went inside to extinguish the fire that had spread and search for occupants. No one was home, and no one was injured, Basher tells us.

“The fire was under control in about twenty minutes and appeared to be caused by smoking materials discarded on the porch,” according to IFD. Bangs Ambulance was also on the scene, and fire crews from Newfield and Lansing stood by at IFD’s Central Fire Station to cover other calls.

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