Firefighters Rescue Woman from Syracuse (NY) House Fire

Syracuse NY Fire Department

James McClendon


Syracuse, N.Y. — A woman was taken to Upstate University Hospital Friday after she was pulled from a house fire on Syracuse’s Near West Side, according to fire officials.

A fire with heavy smoke was reported at about 6:36 p.m. by a person walking by the house in the 100 block of Merriman Avenue, according to Onondaga County 911 Center dispatches. The caller said they thought someone might be trapped inside the house, according to dispatches.

About 40 firefighters arrived to find a large fire on the second floor of the two-family home, Syracuse fire spokesman Deputy Chief James Farewell said at the scene.

A man was able to get himself outside the house before firefighters arrived, Farewell said. The woman was pulled from the home by firefighters and her condition was unknown, he said.

Two family cats were killed in the fire, officials said.

Neighbors said they could see flames coming from the house.

It took firefighters less than 20 minutes to put out the fire, Farewell said. No firefighters were injured, he said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Farewell said.

Syracuse police, the American Red Cross and National Grid were also at the scene.

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