Cat rescued and no one injured as firefighters battle south hill fire in the wee hours

May 18, 2015 by Rachel Cera

The fire erupted in the wee hours of Monday morning, after a day of Ithaca College graduation celebrations on Ithaca's south hill. Ithaca Fire Department says no one was injured in the blaze.

Firefighters were dispatched just before 3am, and arrived at the multiple-unit two-story house in the 600 block of Hudson Street to find flames showing from the back. IFD public information officer Thomas T. Basher Jr. says assistant fire chief Dan Tier learned all of the occupants were out of the building, and crews set about knocking down the fire.

While firefighters worked on the fire on a second-floor porch, others made sure the house was clear of occupants. In the process, they rescued a cat on the first floor. IFD says crews had the fire under control in about fifteen minutes.

The fire department says the cause of the blaze is under investigation by their fire investigation unit and the Ithaca Police Department. According to real estate web site Trulia, the apartment house, originally built in 1910, was sold just last fall to a new owner.

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