Ithaca Fire Department officials credit an effective fire alarm system and a calm staff for a quick and safe resolution of his morning's fire at Lakeview Mental Health Services on Ithaca's northside. The fire was apparently caused by smoking materials that had not been completely extinguished.
Tompkins County 911 dispatchers notified the fire department just after 8am on Saturday of an alarm activation at the residential facility on Third Street. Firefighters were told of a fire on the second floor when they arrived, and were able to put it out using a water-based fire extinguisher.
An investigation showed the fire had been caused by a tobacco product that had been put back in a resident's jacket before it was fully extinguished. The fire damage was confined to a pile of clothes and a small area of floor in the resident's room. IFD says the fire had not gotten hot enough to set off the room's sprinkler system, but Lt. Thomas T. Basher Jr. says the facility's smoke detectors quickly alerted the room's occupant and other residents and staff.
Firefighters credit the Lakeview staff and residents for quickly and calmly evacuating the building, and the facility's working fire alarm system, for keeping damage to a minimum and avoiding any injuries.