ITHACA, N.Y. — A three-story duplex was in flames with smoke billowing out when firefighters arrived at the unit early Wednesday morning near the Ithaca Commons.

Ithaca firefighters were called to the blaze around 1:20 a.m. at the 120 Hudson St. home, where it took about two hours to get the fire under control. All seven occupants were able to get out of the home safely before first responders arrived.

Lieutenant Tom Basher, of the Ithaca Fire Department, said the residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross and still displaced as of Wednesday morning.

According to a statement on social media, officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

The Ithaca Police Department, Bangs Ambulance, NYSEG, The American Red Cross and the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control also responded to the scene. Mutual assistance was provided by fire departments from Newfield, Cayuga Heights, Lansing and Trumansburg, which stood by at the central fire station while IFD responded to the blaze.

Jolene Almendarez

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