DRYDEN, N.Y. –– Fire companies from across the county, as well as the DEC, Dryden Codes Enforcement and even a local tow company, responded to an early morning fire that left an auto garage in ruins on Wednesday.

On Jan. 22 at approximately 3:27 a.m. Dryden Fire and Ambulance were dispatched to 1834 Dryden Rd, NYS Rt. 13, in the Town of Dryden for a report of smoke in a combination vehicle repair shop and apartment.

While responding Dryden Chief Officers were notified of law enforcement on scene reporting fire showing from the structure. A second alarm assignment was requested bringing additional mutual aid to the scene. Dryden Fire Department volunteers arrived on the scene within 12 minutes after the initial dispatch to find the structure heavily involved in fire.

At approximately 5:20 a.m. the fire was declared under control. The building was completely destroyed.

According to a Facebook post from Chief Mike Hall of the Dryden Fire Department, “firefighting efforts were hampered by single-digit temperatures and no water supply nearby.”

A water shuttle was established bringing water to the scene from approximately 3 miles away. The occupants of the apartment were able to evacuate the structure uninjured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Dryden Fire Department was assisted on scene by Freeville, McLean, Etna, Varna, Groton, Lansing, Cayuga Heights, Harford and Slaterville fire departments. There was additional support from Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, NYS Department of Transportation, Town of Dryden Highway Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, NYSEG, Town of Dryden Code Department, NYS DEC and Brecht’s Towing.

Cortlandville Fire and Virgil Fire provided coverage for the departments operating at the fire scene.

“Members of the Dryden Fire Department would like to thank all the mutual aid departments that assisted on scene as well as several members of the community that provided refreshments for the volunteer firefighters that responded,” Chief Hall said.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com