ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Fire Department extinguished a fire in the 300 block of Hancock Street Tuesday night, leaving some damage to the house but all occupants safe.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, finding plenty of smoke but unable to locate the actual fire. After opening some of the house’s walls and ceilings, firefighters were able to determine where the fire was and put it out.

IFD spokesperson Jim Wheal stated that three cats, two bearded dragons and the residents of the home were all safe, and no firefighters were injured during the response. There was damage to the house, but Wheal said it is reparable. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Off-duty firefighters, as well as fire departments from Newfield, Cayuga Heights and Lansing all assisted. NYSEG, Ithaca police and Bangs Ambulance also responded.

Credit: Matt Butler / The Ithaca Voice

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