Ithaca Fire Department says quick action kept fire calls from becoming disasters

February 5, 2015 by Rachel Cera

Ithaca Fire Department public information officer Lt. Thomas T. Basher Jr. credits occupants of two buildings that had minor fires last night for quick action that prevented disasters. A fire on Turkey Hill Road and a fire in Collegetown were among the incidents keeping Ithaca firefighters busy on Wednesday night.

Ithaca Fire Department responds to a late-night call in Collegetown. 14850 Photo.Ithaca Fire Department responds to a late-night call in Collegetown. 14850 Photo.Basher says IFD crews were busy early in the evening, responding along with Bangs Ambulance, for medical calls on Valley Road and on the Cornell University campus. Then, just before 10pm, a call came in to report a house filling with smoke on Turkey Hill Road, in the Varna area east of Cornell and East Hill Plaza. According to an IFD release, Varna firefighters called for assistance from Ithaca, which sent two engines to the scene and found a chimney problem was responsible for the smoke. Basher says the building was ventilated and no one was hurt.

As crews finished in Varna, a call came in for a fire in Collegetown when a resident in the 100 block of College Avenue smelled smoke coming from under the stairs. Firefighters found smoke and sparks coming from an electrical outlet, and were able to cut power, remove the burnt portions of the home with chainsaws, and extinguish the resulting hot spots.

"Early notification and quick responses kept these potentially serious events from turning tragic," Basher says. Don't hesitate to call for help if you believe there's smoke or fire in your home. Call 911 right away.

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