Ithaca Fire Department responds to fatal fire on East Seneca Street
ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Late Monday evening, the Ithaca Fire Department responded to a fire on East Seneca Street. The department arrived within minutes of receiving the call and found the building on fire and one victim dead inside the building.
Firefighters were met with heavy flames around 9:25 p.m coming form the back of a three-story, three family home. Firefighters located and rescued the victim on the first floor upon entering the building. Bangs Ambulance personnel on scene attempted life-saving measures to save the victim but were unsuccessful. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Ithaca Fire Department, there was no one else living in the building and no other victims were found inside. All of the fire department's on-duty crews were brought to the scene to battle the blaze as well as off-duty personnel. It took 35 firefighters to bring the fire under control by midnight.
Fire units from Cayuga Heights, Dryden and Newfield were also called into the city to assist, and handle other emergency calls as they came into the 911 center.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.