A press release from the Ithaca Fire Department says:

“A report of an apartment house filling with smoke at 425 N. Cayuga Street Friday shut down the block and kept fire crews busy for about an hour.

Smoke was showing from the back of the building when IFD arrived at 1:15 pm.

Firefighters quickly got inside to douse the flames in the first floor bathroom and look for any occupants. Crews on the outside removed a section of the wall and extinguished the remainder of the fire. It was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

The bathroom was a total loss and other apartments suffered smoke damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but appears to be a plumber thawing pipes.

Bangs Ambulance stood by at the scene and the Newfield, Cayuga Heights and Lansing Fire Departments covered other calls with off duty IFD personnel at the Central Fire Station.

NYSEG was in the area taking care of power issues and the Red Cross was called in to assist occupants that were displaced. The Ithaca Fire Department again reminds everyone to not use open flames to thaw pipes.

Rather, use a hair dryer; it takes longer, but is much safer.”

This is a video from the scene:

Ithaca, N.Y. — Emergency responders were called to a house in Ithaca’s Fall Creek Friday afternoon for a reported structure fire.

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Ithaca firefighters could be seen around 1:30 p.m. entering a house at 425 North Cayuga Street.

There were no flames visible or reports of any injuries.

Emergency dispatch reports indicated that a heavy black smoke was a problem inside a house.

Pic by Mike Blaney/Ithaca Voice
Pic by Mike Blaney/Ithaca Voice

Firefighters urged commuters to stay away from the area.

We’ll provide updates when we get them.

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Jeff Stein

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