Update 6 p.m. —

Ithaca, N.Y. — A dog and two cats died in a house fire on Hector Street in the city of Ithaca Wednesday afternoon, according to the Ithaca Fire Department.

Around 3:15 p.m., crews were alerted to smoke and fire in the basement of a Hector Street residence.

Firefighters confronted heavy smoke and flames coming from the house. All residents were outside but the basement was ablaze, according to Lt. Thomas Basher of IFD.

“Crews knocked down the bulk of the fire inside the building and searched the two story home for anyone still inside,” Basher said in a statement. “Firefighters and Bangs Ambulance personnel attempted to revive a dog firefighters brought out but were unsuccessful.”

Red Cross is helping the occupants find somewhere to live.

NYSEG was on scene as well.

Earlier —

Ithaca, N.Y. — Firefighters in Ithaca were called to a structure fire on Hector Street Wednesday afternoon.

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Emergency responders had the blaze out by 4 p.m. One member of the Ithaca Fire Department said that he suspected heavy damage had been done to the house. The fire appeared to originate in the basement area of the house.

No injuries have been reported. There were at least a few dozen emergency personnel at the scene. Hector Street was closed off to traffic.

We’ll provide updates as we get them.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.