A fire on East Buffalo Street drew multiple police cars, firetrucks and ambulances to the area, blocking the road west of Schuyler Road from vehicle traffic Monday night.
One person was confirmed deceased, Acting Police Chief Dennis Nayor said. The victim has been identified, and police have notified the victim’s family, Nayor said. There is an active investigation occurring on scene.
By around 9:45 p.m., the road had been cordoned off with multiple vehicles parked up and down the street. Individuals who lived in the block were told to park elsewhere, but were being permitted to walk on the sidewalk.
At 11:12 p.m., the fire was still burning, and smoke could be smelled from Collegetown and West Campus. At least 10 emergency vehicles had responded to the scene, including the Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance and Cornell University Police.
Emergency responders were bringing in plastic-wrapped Wegmans water packs at around 11:40 p.m. as the blaze continued, with smoke pouring from the upstairs windows. At that time, the top of the house was just beginning to blacken.
Around 12:25 a.m.., the top of the building caught fire.
After the house’s roof caught fire just before 12:30 a.m., firefighters doused the flames by hose from the ground. pic.twitter.com/EuK71OmfIs
— The Cornell Daily Sun (@cornellsun) September 10, 2019
here is a house fire in Ithaca and smoke is carrying up the hill to us.”
Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the house fire tonight. Winds are weak, so we expect smoke to linger in the vicinity for the night. We recommend closing windows to preserve indoor air quality. #twithaca #CornellWx #NYwx
— Cornell Weather (@CornellWeather) September 10, 2019
Sarah Skinner ’21 contributed reporting. This story will be updated.