Overnight Fire Damages North Side Apartment Building

Published on September 17, 2023

Syracuse, NY-  On September 17, 2023, at 3:35 a.m., Syracuse Firefighters were alerted by the Onondaga County 911 Center to a report of a possible fire at 715 Danforth Street, on the city’s North Side. Firefighters from station 2, on Lodi Street, arrived on the scene moments later to find a large volume of fire showing from the back of a two-and-a-half-story apartment building. A signal ‘99’ was transmitted, and crews began stretching hoses to the back of the building to battle the blaze.
As crews moved hoses to the rear of the building, they were able to determine that a car was fully involved in fire in a carport under the building. Crews began to extinguish the car that was on fire, while other teams of firefighters moved hoses into the building to check for fire spread, and search for any trapped victims. Crews found some fire had spread to the inside of the building due to the fire on the exterior; this was quickly extinguished. Multiple apartments were searched but all occupants were able to safely evacuate prior to the fire department’s arrival.
The fire was declared out after approximately 50 minutes. Syracuse Fire Investigators were on the scene. The fire was determined to have started in a car in the carport; the cause is currently under investigation. The car involved was at total loss. The building suffered fire damage to the exterior, and two apartments directly above the burning car sustained moderate fire and smoke damage as well as water damage. The Red Cross was on the scene assisting any displaced occupants. There were no injuries reported to civilians or to fire personnel.
A total of 38 fire personnel responded to this incident, including command and support staff. Syracuse Fire Department Ambulance, Syracuse Police, American Medical Response, National Grid, and the American Red Cross also responded to the scene. We thank our partners at the 911 Center, SPD, AMR, National Grid, and the Red Cross. This was the 60th major fire in the City of Syracuse so far this year.