Firefighters find smoke detector with battery removed after putting out early morning fire

January 12, 2016 by Rachel Cera

Residents of an East Spencer Street house were lucky this morning. Firefighters discovered a smoke detector with no battery after putting out a fire.

The Ithaca Fire Department says firefighters were called to the scene of a structure fire on East Spencer Street, a very narrow one-way downtown street at the base of South Hill, just before 7am on Tuesday, and observed smoke coming from the rear of the house.

IFD says the caller and other occupants of the house had already gotten out, and they were taken to the Ithaca Police Station a block away to stay warm. Firefighters located the fire in an upstairs bedroom at the rear of the house, and quickly brought it under control.

According to IFD's investigation, the fire appeared to have been caused accidentally by use of a candle. The fire department urges area residents to use candles carefully, and to make sure smoke detectors are always kept in working condition.

The American Red Cross and Ithaca College are assisting in finding temporary housing for the three displaced occupants of the house, all of whom are Ithaca College students.

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