ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Police Department and Ithaca Fire Department have reported no injuries in a large blaze in Ithaca’s homeless encampment, often called “the Jungle.”

Police claimed that they responded to a “large encampment engulfed in flames,” joined by emergency responders around 1 a.m. on June 27.

“In addition, numerous small explosions, and an odor of chemiclas were deriving from the fire,” according to the police’s narrative of the event. “Ithaca police units had to prevent Jungle residents from reentering the area of the fire.”

Subsequent to that, firefighters extinguished the fire and discovered that the encampment was vacant—the normal resident of the encampment was then found uninjured elsewhere. Ithaca police then found “numerous propane tanks and other hazardous material at the scene.”

The fire has, so far, been deemed accidental, but there is an investigation underway. Anyone with information is asked to contact IPD’s Investigations Division.

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