January 22, 2014

Three ‘Displaced’ in Downtown Ithaca Fire

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By ANUSHKA MEHROTRA

In the midst of freezing temperatures, Ithaca firefighters worked quickly to control a house fire on North Geneva Street Wednesday.

The Ithaca Fire Department received multiple calls at 4:10 p.m., which reported the presence of flames coming from the three-story downtown residence, according to an IFD press release.

Lt. Thomas Basher, public information officer for the IFD, said the department is still working to determine the cause of the blaze, which was extinguished in approximately 30 minutes.

According to the press release, the on-scene crew found smoke and fire coming from an addition on the rear of the structure.

New York State Electric & Gas was brought to the premises to secure utilities while volunteers from the Red Cross assisted with the needs of the residents. Additionally, the IFD collaborated with the Ithaca Police Department to reroute local traffic.

According to the Red Cross, the flames caused three people to be “displaced” from the downtown house.

The IFD said that no one was injured in the fire.

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