Wednesday night fire leaves northside residents homeless

August 15, 2013

A fire on Wednesday night left several Cascadilla Street residents homeless but safe. The Ithaca Fire Department says multiple calls to the Tompkins County 911 dispatch center just before 11pm on Wednesday brought firefighters to the scene, where they found the rear of the house on fire, along with a car parked in the driveway.

Firefighters battle a blaze on Cascadilla Street on Wednesday night. Photo provided by IFD.Firefighters battle a blaze on Cascadilla Street on Wednesday night. Photo provided by IFD.The Ithaca Fire Department says two firefighters sustained minor injuries at the scene. One occupant of the residence was at home, and escaped without injury.

IFD spokesman Lt. Thomas T. Basher Jr. says "it took 20 firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control." The home and its contents are effectively a complete loss.

Bangs Ambulance was on hand, and was able to treat the firefighters' injuries. One had a hand laceration, and the other a neck injury. Both are recovering.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene, as well, and was able to provide immediate assistance for the residents, including essential clothing and toiletries for a few days. Community members have also reached out to help, including bartenders at Felicia's Atomic Lounge, who say all tips collected tonight will go to help the building's residents.

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