Student residents get out safely as fire destroys Collegetown house overnight

March 14, 2014

A late-night fire in Collegetown left twelve students displaced, but none injured. Ithaca Fire Department reports that the Tompkins County 911 dispatch center received multiple calls just before 1am Friday to report a fire at 202 Eddy Street.

Fire on Eddy Street. Photo courtesy of IFD.Fire on Eddy Street. Photo courtesy of IFD.Firefighters were on the scene just two and a half minutes after the first call, and "found heavy smoke and fire coming from the upper floors and roof of the three-story building." Two of the twelve student residents were home at the time of the fire on this residential block in lower Collegetown, and were able to get out safely.

Ithaca Fire Department fire chief Tom Parsons says the fire was brought under control by 3am, but "firefighters were still on the scene checking for residual hot spots" until about 6:30am.

Cornell University staff are assisting the twelve displaced students with finding accommodations, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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