September 15, 2013

Ithaca Fire Department Tackles Two Simultaneous Fires

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By JINJOO LEE

The Ithaca Fire Department was “spread thin” Saturday with two fires simultaneously breaking out in the city, according to a press release from IFD.

According to the press release, a Ford pickup truck caught on fire on Route 13 near Dey Street at 11:33 a.m. The driver and the passenger of the truck noticed smoke coming from the dashboard of the vehicle and pulled over on Route 13 — out of the traffic on Dey St. — and took their possessions out of the truck before it fully caught on fire.

While the fire crew responded to the truck fire, a second call came from Highland Place on East Hill. A dryer had caught fire on the top floor of a three-story apartment. Both fires were “placed under control” and no injuries were reported, according to the press release.

According to the press release, all on-duty personnel were employed to handle the two separate events.

The press release added that there are almost 3,000 dryer fires in the U.S. each year. “The Fire Department reminds residents to clean out their lint traps and dryer vents regularly,” the press release said.

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