SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Crews from the Syracuse Fire Department rescued an 8-year-old boy from a house fire on Park Street. The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The first fire department units were on the scene in minutes and reported heavy fire on the first and second floors of the home on the 1200-block of Park Street. The occupants said an 8-year-old boy was trapped inside, and firefighters immediately began searching for the child. Firefighters found the child, who suffered burns. He was taken to a local hospital and is in critical condition.
The heavy finds pushed the fire to a home next door, and more than 50 firefighters responded. The roof on the original building collapsed, forcing firefighters to battle the flames from outside.
“We had reports of people trapped, unaccounted for, and that is our number one priority and then saving line. Are people put their lives on the line. It was a difficult situation and they were able to step up,” said Syracuse Fire Chief Michael Monds.
No other injuries were reported, and an investigation is underway into how the fire started. The Red Cross is aiding the 6 adults and 9 children who lived in the multi-family home.