Visible Flames, Heavy Smoke Reported in Abandoned Syracuse (NY) Building

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James McClendon


Syracuse, N.Y. — Visible flames and heavy smoke were reported Wednesday afternoon in an abandoned building on Syracuse’s South Side, according to firefighters.

Crews responded the the fire just after 1 p.m. in a vacant building behind 423 West Onondaga St., according to a news release issued by the Syracuse Fire Department.

It took firefighters several minutes to get inside building, which was boarded up, according to the release. It took fire crews about 20 minutes to fully put out the flames, firefighters said.

No one was found inside the building, and no injuries were reported, firefighters said.

Syracuse police, AMR and National Grid were at the scene, according to the release.

The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation, firefighters said.

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