ITHACA, N.Y.—Around 7:45 a.m. Saturday morning, Ithaca Fire Department responded to a fire report in the 700 block of South Aurora Street.

Fire Department spokesperson Jim Wheal said there was smoke pouring out of the house when firefighters initially arrived, and that occupants were promptly evacuated. None of the house’s occupants were injured.

“The fire was difficult to locate in the walls and ceilings, so crews needed to open many spaces to control the significant amount of fire,” Wheal said in a press release. “IFD had the blaze under control in about 45 minutes, but crews remained on scene until around 10:00 a.m. ensuring the fire was out. Firefighters contended with hidden fire, cold temperatures, and traffic on South Aurora Street.”

South Aurora Street was closed for about two hours while crews fought the blaze but has since reopened. Newfield, Cayuga Heights and Lansing fire all assisted with other calls during the fire response, and Ithaca police, Bangs Ambulance, NYSEG and Red Cross also responded.

Matt Butler

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