This story has been updated.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca firefighters responded to a house fire on the east side of Ithaca Monday afternoon after a fire reportedly broke out on the third floor.

The fire was reported at 2:57 p.m. at a home on 804 E. State St., officials said.

Two people were home when the fire broke out, but made it out of the home uninjured.

Acting Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler said he was among the first at the scene when the fire broke out and helped block the roadways to make way for firefighters.

He said he saw smoke when he got to the home, which steadily increased.

Resident Pat Murphey said he and another resident were at the home when they smelled smoke. By the time they got dressed and walked out the door, he said firefighters had arrived at the scene.

“We’re awfully confused and don’t know what happened yet,” Murphey said.

He and other residents are unsure whether they’ll be allowed back in the home, but may be provided with housing assistance or stay with friends if firefighters decide they’re not allowed back inside.

Photos by Mike Blaney/The Ithaca Voice


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