One Firefighter Injured During Fire in Eastwood

Published on January 20, 2023

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – On January 20, 2023, at 5:09 p.m., Syracuse Firefighters were alerted by the 911 center to a report of a house on fire at the corner of Mildred Ave and George St. in the City’s Eastwood neighborhood. Firefighters from Station 9 (Shuart Ave) arrived at the scene in just over 2 minutes. On arrival, Firefighters confirmed the initial reports, finding the 2-story home at 250 Mildred Ave. heavily involved, with fire on the second floor and into the attic. There was heavy smoke, and flames were shooting from the front of the house as firefighters began their attack, which was initially complicated by downed power lines in the front yard of the building.
Teams of firefighters stretched hoses into the structure, while others began to search for any trapped occupants. After a lengthy interior attack, and with confirmation that all occupants were safely out of the structure, the decision was made to fight the stubborn fire in the attic from the exterior. Once the bulk of the remaining fire was knocked down, firefighters returned to the interior to finish the job. The fire was declared under control approximately 75 minutes after the initial alarm. However, fire companies are expected to remain on scene into the night completing extensive overhaul to ensure all ‘hotspots’ are extinguished.
Syracuse Fire Investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. There were no civilian injuries reported. One firefighter suffered a minor injury at the scene and was transported to a local hospital via Fire Department Ambulance; their injuries are not considered serious at this time.
In total 43 firefighters responded to this fire, including command and support staff. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist displaced occupants. National Grid was on scene to assist with the downed power lines. We thank our partners at the Onondaga County 911 Center, Syracuse Police, AMR, National Grid, and the American Red Cross.