ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Fire Department reports a busy holiday weekend, responding to a porch fire, powerline problems and, of course, conducting another gorge rescue.
Deleware Ave Porch Fire
At approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, IFD was called to a residence in the 200 block of Deleware Ave for a reported porch fire. The home’s occupant woke up and tried to extinguish the fire out but was unsuccessful. IFD’s Collegetown Engine, stationed just around the corner, arrived on the scene and quickly attacked the fire. The blaze was brought under control in only a few minutes and none of the occupants were hurt.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury and crews operated at the location for about an hour. The cause of the fire, which did significant damage to the outer porch, appeared to be discarded smoking material.
Buttermilk Falls rescue
Later on Sunday, rescue crews were dispatched to Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, after a man reportedly fell into the gorge and suffered a severely broken ankle.
After hiking into the State Park, rescuers located the man and found he had fallen down an approximately 30-foot bank. Firefighters and Bangs Ambulance personnel worked with NYS Park Police and other park workers to access the victim and stabilize his injuries.
Other firefighters set up a rope system to safely move the patient out of the gorge. Once out of the gorge, the person was carried up to a State Parks pick up truck and brought to the parking lot to an Bangs Ambulance.
A Guthrie Medical helicopter was called in and landed at the ballfields next to the park, according to IFD. The man was flown to Robert Packar Hospital for further treatment of his injuries. First responders were on the scene for about two hours.
Plain Street powerlines
A number of area residents reached out to the Voice on Monday regarding IFD activity in the 300 block of North Plain Street that left the street closed for a number of hours.
Firefighters responded to report of arcing occurring in powerlines between two residences. While IFD is not equipped to address problems with the power grid, firefighters remained on the scene to assure the powerlines did not ignite a fire.