Person trapped, hospitalized after house fire in Elmira
UPDATE: 2/2/24 1 p.m. -- The Elmira Fire Department confirmed that one firefighter was injured during the blaze, and had to be transported to a local hospital. The firefighter has since been treated and released.
Firefighters say they were able to stop the fire from spreading to the other two apartments in the house. The cause of the fire is under Investigation by the Elmira Fire Marshall’s office, and the Red Cross has been called in to help anyone affected.
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A fire broke out Friday morning, trapping someone inside a subdivided home on Division St. in Elmira. Crews closed down the 300 block of Division St. while they worked.
"As soon as I came up to (the) window I heard somebody screaming inside," said Elmira Deputy Fire Chief Bill Gillette. "When we forced the door [in], the fire was right inside, inbetween the exit and... the person that got out."
That person was taken to the hospital for burns and smoke inhalation, according to Gillette. The rest of the house was evacuated safely.
Crews do not yet know the cause of the fire. They tell WENY News they have a long investigation ahead of them.
Firefighters say if they arrived a few minutes later, the whole house, rather than just part of it, would have been up in flames.
The house is located across the street from Diven Elementary. School children were seen arriving for classes while firefighters were on the scene.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to WENY News on-air and online as officials release more information.