Dog Dies in Syracuse (NY) Apartment Fire

James McClendon


Syracuse, N.Y. — Two cats were saved and a dog died in an apartment building fire Wednesday on Syracuse’s Far West Side, according to the Syracuse Fire Department.

Syracuse firefighters responded to the fire at about 9:24 a.m. at 1310 Willis Ave., according to a news release issued by the department. Willis Avenue is between Erie Boulevard West and Kane Road.

Several people called to report the fire in a second-floor apartment, firefighters said. It was also reported that people were still inside the building, they said.

Firefighters could see heavy smoke and visible flames from the second floor as they arrived, firefighters said.

They searched the building but determined all the residents had made it out of the structure.

Because of high temperature and humidity, extra firefighters had to be called to the scene. The temperature was about 76 degrees and the humidity was 80 percent at the time of the fire.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries, officials said. Two people were evaluated by ambulance crews, but were not transported to a hospital.

The Red Cross is helping residents of the building’s four apartments find shelter, firefighters said.

Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

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