Ithaca, N.Y.—The Ithaca Fire Department extinguished a house fire on Fifth Street in Ithaca on Wednesday, in which one person was injured. One cat was also rescued from the fire.

The department, in a Facebook post, said the call came into the emergency dispatch center around 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, June 23. According to IFD’s statement, units responded minutes later and found smoke coming from the front of a house on Fifth Street.

One person, the occupant of the house, had tried to put out the fire but was on the porch when firefighters arrived and said that he believed everyone else was out of the house. Subsequently, IFD said firefighters entered the house, finding heavy smoke on the first floor of the two-floor house.

A search of the house showed no more occupants, and the remaining fire was extinguished in the first-floor kitchen. One person was treated for “minor burns and smoke inhalation,” but refused to go to the hospital, according to IFD.

“The fire was under control in about 30 minutes and crews remained on scene clearing the home of smoke and checking for any lingering fire,” the statement concluded. “One cat was rescued and safely returned to its owner. Ithaca Police and the Ithaca Building Department were on scene as well assisting IFD.”

Matt Butler

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