Investigators: South Side apartment fire caused by careless disposal of smoking materials

WSYR-TV - Crews responded to a fire in an apartment complex in the Syracuse University neighborhood just before 8 p.m.

The fire broke out in apartments in Building 1300 that has 18 units at Clarendon Heights on Ivy Ridge Road.

According to Syracuse fire investigator Joseph Fenell, the fire started on a third-floor balcony and was "caused by careless disposal of smoking materials."

The fire was deemed accidental.

It took crews about an hour to contain the fire.

Our reporter tells us that aerial efforts to contain the fire were difficult for firefighters because of the wind.

The fire was first reported at 7:56 p.m.

The roof on one of the units has collapsed. Flames were coming out of the roof, according to our reporter at the scene.

More than 40 firefighters responded to the scene,

Syracuse Fire Deputy Fire Chief Kent Young says everyone made it out safely and there were no injuries to residents or firefighters.

Deputy Chief Young says the fire wall inside the apartment prevented it from spreading further and affecting neighboring apartment buildings at Clarendon Heights.

The American Red Cross was also on the scene to assist residents who lived in the apartment building.


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