Frigid temperatures don't stop Ithaca firefighters from battling blaze

Ithaca firefighters faced both flames and cold temperatures when battling a two-story apartment building fire on West Buffalo Street on Friday in the City of Ithaca.

Tompkins County 911 received a call from a passerby at 3 p.m. saying smoke and flames were coming from the apartment. Crews responded to the call and found the building filled with smoke and a fire on the second floor. Responders said a nearby fire hydrant was frozen, but they managed to get the blaze under control in less than thirty minutes. Responders then spent the next hour extinguishing hotspots and making sure the fire did not spread to the roof of the building.

The entire containment took about two hours. The fire caused serious damage to the second floor of the building. No one was injured. The Ithaca Fire Department says the blaze was due to an electric wire failure.

Bangs Ambulance was on the scene along with fire departments from Dryden, Lansing and Cayuga Heights for additional assistance.