August 15, 2013

Ithaca House Fire Leaves Five Homeless, Two Firefighters Injured

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A house fire that broke out late Wednesday left five Ithacans homeless and two city firefighters injured, the Ithaca Fire Department said Thursday.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, multiple people called 911 and reported seeing flames emerging from a house at 619 Cascadilla St. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the entire rear of the house “fully involved in flame” and a car on the driveway engulfed by the fire, according to the IFD.

It took 20 firefighters half an hour to bring the fire under control.

The one resident who was at home escaped without injury, but two firefighters suffered a hand laceration and a neck injury while putting out the fire, according to the IFD. The firefighters are being treated for their injuries.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Because of the extent of the damage, however, the occupants of the house will not be allowed to return home in the immediate future. The American Red Cross is assisting the occupants, according to the IFD.

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Original Author: Akane Otani