Six lose home after fire damages house on Near West Side of Syracuse

Otisco Street Fire

n the background, Firefighters take a break and re-hydrate before preparing re-enter the building to assist as needed with operations. In the foreground, a section of 4” supply hose connects Engine 5 to a fire hydrant at the front of the building, providing the water supply for fire suppression operations. (Photo Provided by Capt. Matt Craner, a spokesman for the Syracuse Fire Department)

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Six people living in a home on the Near West Side of Syracuse were displaced Sunday after a fire damaged the second floor of their house, firefighters said.

Around 2:03 p.m., firefighters responded to a possible house fire at 310 Otisco Street, said Capt. Matt Craner, a spokesperson for the Syracuse Fire Department. On scene, firefighters saw black smoke coming from the second-floor windows of the two-story single-family home, he said.

Inside the home, heavy smoke prevented firefighters from seeing, Craner said. But firefighters searched the first and second floors for trapped occupants, he said.

Craner said hoses were stretched to the second floor where the fire was confined. The fire took 20 minutes to put out, but firefighters stayed on scene to clear the building of smoke and other combustible items, he said.

The second floor sustained fire, smoke and water damage, while the first floor had water damage, Craner said.

Those who lived in the home managed to get out before firefighters arrived and no one was injured, Craner said.

Craner said Syracuse Fire Investigators were on scene to determine the cause of the fire. The cause is currently unknown.

Otisco Street Fire

Firefighters stand by in the front yard of the fire building after extinguishing the fire, performing searches, and other fire ground operations. (Photo Provided by Capt. Matt Craner, a spokesman for the Syracuse Fire Department)

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