Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca firefighters extinguished a “fully involved” barn fire in frigid temperatures early Tuesday morning.


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The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office was first on scene to a reported 3 a.m. blaze at a barn on the 1400 block of Mecklenburg Road/Route 79 Tuesday morning.

Firefighters arriving on scene first protected the house next to the barn and began to douse the flames.

The homeowner confirmed that nobody was in the barn. Firefighters worked for about two hours in the cold to subdue the blaze.

Newfield and Enfield firefighters were on the scene, as were off-duty IFD personnel and Cayuga Heights and Lansing Fire departments.

The Ithaca Fire Police Unit had Rt 79 closed for about an hour, according to a news release. Nobody was injured and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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Jeff Stein

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