(Update 1:12 p.m. Thursday) — After a fatal fire Monday in Ithaca, New York State Police have confirmed the 86-year-old resident died of smoke inhalation. Police have not released the identity of the man yet, as next of kin is still being located.

The fire was reported at 5:18 p.m. Monday on Christopher Circle in Ithaca. Cayuga Heights firefighters, assisted by Lansing and Ithaca Fire Departments, responded and quickly extinguished the fire. When firefighters searched the residence, they found the 86-year-old resident dead.

Aga Dembinska, public information officer for New York State Police Troop C, said the fire was deemed accidental and due to smoke inhalation. The fire reportedly started in the kitchen. The cause is still being investigated.

Earlier story reported Dec. 18 —

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the fire was in Cayuga Heights, but Christopher Circle is in Ithaca. 

ITHACA, N.Y. — Firefighters responded to a house fire Monday evening in Northeast Ithaca. When firefighters searched the residence, they found a man dead.

Cayuga Heights firefighters, assisted by Lansing and Ithaca Fire Departments, responded to a reported structure fire at 5:18 p.m. Monday on Christopher Circle in Ithaca. Cayuga Heights Fire Chief Tamborelle said when firefighters arrived on the scene, they were able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes.

When firefighters entered and searched the residence, Tamborelle said they found a man dead. New York State Police said the person who died was the 86-year-old homeowner. No further details are being released yet. The man’s death is still under investigation.

Tamborelle said the fire was determined to have started in the kitchen, but the cause is still under investigation. The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control is investigating the fire.

The fire was completely knocked down by about 6:15 p.m. Monday, Tamborelle said, but crews remained on scene to investigate the fire until about 11 p.m.

Cayuga Heights Police, Bangs Ambulance, New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit and NYSEG also responded to the scene.

Tamborelle said the initial crew on scene did an “outstanding job.”

“As always we appreciate the assistance of everyone involved in these situations,” Tamborelle said. With the holiday season underway, he also reminds local residents to be extra careful with cooking and decorations. The Ithaca Fire Department recently released holiday safety tips here.

It was a busy afternoon and evening for local firefighters, as the fire on Christopher Circle was one of three reported in the Monday. At about 3:15 p.m., firefighters were called to a blaze at a trailer on the 1800 block of Mecklenburg Road in Enfield. At about 6:30 p.m., a chimney fire on the 600 block of Hanshaw Road in Cayuga Heights was also extinguished.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

Featured image provided by Cayuga Heights Fire Department.

Kelsey O'Connor

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