ITHACA, N.Y. — With a fire at an Ithaca College apartment and a water rescue, Ithaca firefighters were kept busy Saturday night. No one was injured in either incident.

At about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, the Ithaca Fire Department was called to a reported fire alarm at the Circle Apartments on Ithaca College’s campus, according to a news release. The apartment was full of smoke when they arrived and an air conditioning unit was on fire. The sprinkler system helped keep the fire under control and firefighters were able to extinguish it, the IFD said.

While firefighters were responding to that incident, the Ithaca Police Department called for assistance to help a man who had fallen from Giles Street into Six Mile Creek. Firefighters performed a water rescue, put the man in a life jacket and helped him across the creek, where he was taken into an ambulance to check for injuries.

During the calls, off-duty Ithaca firefighters were called in along with Cayuga Heights, Newfield, Lansing and Trumansburg to handle other emergency calls in the city, the IFD said.

Kelsey O'Connor

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