Fire in a vacant house on Merriman Avenue

Syracuse, NY – At 9:07 p.m. on Saturday, January 8e the Syracuse Fire Department was called to 418 Merriman Avenue, between Barrett Street and South Geddes Street for a house fire. The Onondaga County 911 center had received calls reporting a fire in an abandoned two-family home, and it was suspected that someone could be trapped inside. The first fire units arrived on the scene in just two minutes and observed a large volume of smoke and fire escaping from the structure.

The majority of the windows and doors of the two-family house were barricaded. After working to get in, firefighters immediately began to search all areas of the building for casualties. Once inside, they encountered a tremendous amount of heat and zero visibility. The fire quickly spread to the attic, to which access was limited. This created a challenge for the interior crews. Eventually, three fire hoses had to be put into service to bring the blaze under control. Firefighters from Squad Company 1 dug a large hole in the roof to help remove significant heat and smoke from the building. After a very thorough search, the crews were able to determine that no one was stuck inside.

It took about 30 minutes to put out the fire. No injuries were reported and no neighboring houses were damaged. National Grid, AMR and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene. Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.