Correction: This article initially stated the fire happened on Monday, Oct. 31. It happened on Sunday, Oct. 30.

ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca firefighters and police responded to a fire at a residence in the 100 block of Blair Street around 4 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. The fire department rescued two people from the building, both of whom refused further medical care.

While the cause is believed to be accidental at this time, the fire is under investigation. IFD stated that a house fire and explosions were reported that morning, and a smoke and fire were found coming from the front of a two-story duplex.

Firefighters entered the building and found heavy smoke and some remnant fire. Two people were found, one on each of the first two floors of the building. Bangs Ambulance paramedics evaluated both people on the scene, but they both declined to be taken to the hospital.

The fire was under control after about 30 minutes, and crews remained on scene until 6:30 a.m. Cayuga Heights and Trumansburg Fire Departments also assisted with calls elsewhere.

Matt Butler

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