ITHACA, N.Y.—An early morning blaze has forced residents of the College Center building in Collegetown out of their apartments, at least for the time being. The cause of the fire is still under investigation as of 11 a.m. on Monday. 

IFD stated that firefighters were dispatched just after 6 a.m. in response to multiple calls of a fire on the third floor of College Center, a six story building at 151 Dryden Road, in the heart of Ithaca’s Collegetown neighborhood. 

Crews from the East Hill station were first on the scene, and were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. The building was emptied of its occupants, and one individual suffering from smoke inhalation was transported to the hospital. Otherwise, there are no other reported injuries.

“Extensive” fire, smoke, and water damage was reported at College Center by the Fire Department. The Ithaca Building Department, IFD fire investigation crews, among other personnel, were still inspecting the damage as of 11 a.m. this morning, and the apartment building had not yet been deemed fit for reoccpuation. On scene is a large bus made available by Cornell for anyone that needs a place to stay warm. 

IFD has stated that it will release more information as it becomes known.

Jimmy Jordan

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