Fire damages renovated house on Syracuse's south side

Firefighters work at 416 Academy Place Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were on the scene of a fire at a home undergoing renovations on the south side of Syracuse Tuesday morning.

According to Onondaga County 911, around 5:20 a.m. a call came in for a fire at 416 Academy Place. Multiple fire crews responded to what 911 says was a fully involved fire.

Officials told CNY Central reporter Brandon Roth that the fire started in the house's basement and spread through the ventilation system, which made it difficult to fight. The fire burned a six to eight foot wide hole in the floor.

Firefighters were concerned that the floor could collapse, and had to attack parts of the fire from the outside of the house. They also called in extra crews to allow firefighters to rotate in and out more often. Around three dozen firefighters responded to the call.

"There was fire that was traveling in and around the duct work, and that got in and burned a hole through the floor joists which made it particularly hazardous. We had a large hole in the floor, and we had to ensure that no firefighters fell into it. So with that it was just safe to bring in the extra personnel" said Deputy Fire Chief Bill Elderbroom.

The fire caused heavy damage to the interior of the structure, and a small hole in the roof. The building is a group home owned by the New York State

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Officials say the house was vacant at the time and is undergoing renovations. No one was injured, and the cause is under investigation.