ITHACA, N.Y.—A fire in Ithaca’s homeless encampment, commonly known as the Jungle, is under investigation by the Ithaca Fire Department and the Ithaca Police Department.

The fire was reported around 7 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2020, after several emergency calls to the area. The fire department made sure there was nobody inside the encampment that was ablaze. The location was described as large and that the “included structure was on fire.”

The main resident of the encampment was located according to police and was not hurt. The occupants were offered assistance by officers and found housing for the night.

Police are investigating the incident as a suspicious fire.

Anyone who may have information is encouraged to contact the Ithaca Police Department via the following methods:

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Police Tipline 607-330-0000
Email: policeinfo@cityofithaca.org
Anonymous Email Tip Address:www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com