Freezing temperatures, intense flames hamper Otisco Street firefighting efforts

Firefighters clean up at the scene later Friday morning

Syracuse fire officials are investigating a fire that broke out on the near west side Friday morning.

Onondaga County 911 reports a call for a residential fire came in at 6:41 a.m. Deputy Chief Steve Cavuto tells CNY Central that firefighters responded to the scene on Otisco Street, near Belmont Street and South Geddes Street, and began to fight the fire from the inside. They then had to move outside due to the intensity of the heat and flames.

The building, a two-story wood structure, was heavily damaged. The fire appears to have started in the rear.

Cavuto says the frigid weather made fighting the fire more difficult. He says firefighters would get wet from the hoses, and the cold air only made the problem worse. The temperature in Syracuse hovered at approximately zero degrees before dawn Friday morning.

The American Red Cross says Disaster Action team volunteers provided lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights, food, clothing and shows to two adults that liced in the home.

No word on any injuries at this time. The fire is still under investigation.

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