(Update as of 11 p.m.)

ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca Fire Department has confirmed that the fire on West Buffalo Street has been extinguished.

IFD spokesperson Jim Wheal stated that firefighters responded around 6:20 p.m. Thursday to a house in the 600 block of West Buffalo Street, finding a duplex house with heavy fire. Additional personnel were called to control the blaze.

In a press release, Wheal stated that firefighters “tried to extinguish the fire from the interior but were pushed out of the building by the conditions.” It then took over three hours to completely extinguish the fire, but it did not spread to any other houses on the block.

“The heat of the day made the job difficult and more dangerous, but no illness or injuries occurred,” Wheal wrote.

Wheal thanked Bangs Ambulance for their help, providing standby medical care and ice packs for firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ithaca police helped with traffic, while Cayuga Heights, Newfield and Lansing Fire Departments all filled in for additional calls.

Original story: The Ithaca Fire Department is currently battling a fire in the 600 block of West Buffalo Street.

Firefighters responded around 6 p.m. Thursday to a fire in the 600 block, near the intersection of West Buffalo Street and North Meadow Street. It is currently believed that the building was vacant at the time of the fire, but it is still an active fire as of 8:15 p.m.

The fire sent a plume of smoke through Ithaca’s western and southern portions at least.

The smoke, seen several blocks away on North Meadow Street. (Photo by Matt Butler/The Ithaca Voice)

A cause is not yet known, and a determination on the salvageability of the house will have to be made once the fire is extinguished.

A Tompkins County SIREN alert has been issued to avoid the area as firefighters and first responders, including Ithaca Police Department, are still on scene.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com