Quick Ithaca Fire Dept. response credited for containing west hill fire

No injuries and limited property damage at a fire on Ithaca’s west hill are thanks to a quick response from the Ithaca Fire Department, according to officials.

Photo courtesy Ithaca Fire Department.

IFD says the Tompkins County 911 center received multiple calls at about 1:15pm reporting a fire at 14 Abbott Lane, in a west hill apartment complex, “with a person trapped inside,” according to early reports.

First responders arrived to find smoke coming from the back of the complex, stretched a hose inside to put out the fire, and confirmed that all occupants were out of the building. The fire was contained to just one apartment.

The Cayuga Heights Fire Department stood by at Central Fire Station with off-duty Ithaca Firefighters to cover other calls, IFD says.

“Crews remained on scene for about an hour to hit hot spots and to ensure that there was no extension or Carbon Monoxide remaining from the blaze,” according to a statement from IFD. The entire event took about an hour, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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