ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Fire Department extinguished a fire in downtown Ithaca this morning, leaving no one injured but damaging a residence.

The fire was reported around 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 in the 100 block of Washington Street. Engines from Central Station initially arrived, reporting “heavy smoke with fire in the rear of the house.”

Additional crews arrived and the fire was soon controlled. The structure was searched and found to be unoccupied, though it was damaged by fire, water and smoke. No injuries were sustained.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, though the street has now been reopened for traffic.

The fire department’s press release notes that its two newest recruits were involved in the fire response, and that Bangs Ambulance and Ithaca Police helped on the scene, while Cayuga Heights Fire and Newfield Fire handled any overflow calls.

Matt Butler

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