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N.Y. firefighters use exterior tactics on abandoned structure fire

Syracuse firefighters fought the fire from the outside after working to open boarded up windows, doors


Syracuse firefighters use ladders to extinguish a two-and-a-half-story house fire at 511 E. Laurel St. from the outside of the home on Friday, March 8, 2024.


By Timia Cobb

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A two-and-a-half-story house in Syracuse was extensively damaged after a fire early Friday morning.

Fire and smoke could be seen coming from the back of the home at 511 E. Laurel St. when firefighters arrived around 5 a.m. Friday, said District Chief Matt Craner, a spokesperson for the Syracuse Fire Department.

The home was vacant, and all its first-floor doors and windows were boarded up, he said. Firefighters used power tools to gain access to the building, he said.

It was decided to put the fire out from the outside, he said. Firefighters pumped water through burned windows as others worked to create more openings.

A water main near the home broke as firefighters tried to put the fire out, causing them to shift to a second hydrant, he said. The main was quickly fixed by City Water Department representatives, Craner said.

The fire was declared out after an hour and 40 minutes, he said. The house partially collapsed in the back of the building, he said.

Firefighters remained at the house extinguishing pockets of fire for over two hours.

There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.

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