ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Ithaca Fire Department was dispatched to Titus Towers Thursday morning after smoke alarms alerted emergency responders to an active blaze somewhere in the complex.

Firefighters arrived on scene to the apartments at 800 South Plain St., around 10:30 a.m., after which they immediately checked the fire alarm panel to see where the activation was in the building. Firefighters then attempted to contact the occupant of the involved apartment on the intercom system with no luck while others made their way to the unit to investigate the alarm.

After entering the apartment, crews found a kitchen fire burning and a person in a wheelchair in the living room. They used an extinguisher to knock down the fire, removed the person out to the hallway and called for an ambulance.
The blaze was completely extinguished, and there did not appear to be any fire spread. Smoke was removed from the building, and the occupant was checked out by paramedics from Bangs Ambulance.
The Ithaca Fire Department credits a working smoke detector and fire alarm system for the early notification and quick response for keeping the fire contained to the original apartment. Coincidentally, firefighters had been downtown training just before the alarm came in, so they were on the road or close to the scene when they were called out.

Anna Lamb

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