Just one apartment seriously damaged as IFD contains West Hill fire

January 8, 2014

Two adult West Hill residents and their dog are being assisted by the Red Cross this afternoon after a fire at their Hector Street apartment building displaced them from their home. The Ithaca Fire Department says Tompkins County 911 took a call at about 11:20 this morning to report the fire, which started outside the apartment.

Firefighters on the scene on Hector Street. Photo courtesy of IFD.Firefighters on the scene on Hector Street. Photo courtesy of IFD.Firefighters responded and found that the fire had spread to the apartment itself, one of four units in a building at 412 Hector Street known as Overlook Terrace. Crews were able to knock down the fire, though they were forced to feed water from truck to truck after finding two separate fire hydrants were frozen.

IFD's ladder company had to cut out a large section of smoldering insulation and roof material. NYSEG turned off utilities to the apartment, and Ithaca's Department of Public Works was on hand to salt the streets covered with water runoff from the firefighting efforts.

Lieutenant Thomas T. Basher Jr., Ithaca Fire Department public information officer, says Enfield Fire Department asisted at the scene, and Lansing and Cayuga Heights departments were brought in to cover calls at Central Fire Station along with off-duty IFD personnel. IFD has had a busy week, helping with the ice jam in Cascadilla Creek, flooded basements, a fire at Viva Taqueria, a DOT plow truck fire, and yesterday's laundromat fire.

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