SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) — No one was hurt after a fire Tuesday morning on the westside of Syracuse that damaged two homes.
At first, there were reports of people unaccounted for, but everyone did make it out safely.
The fire started around 4 a.m. Tuesday on Essex Street near Avery Avenue. The fire spread to a neighboring home.
In all, 13 people were able to get out of the two homes.
Firefighters say it took a while to get the fire under control because the homes were divided into apartments.
“The way the building is laid out, it is cut up into many different apartments and the fire got into the roof area and it became dangerous for our firefighters to be inside, so we called everybody outside and we began to fight the fire from the outside,” said Syracuse Fire Department Chief Michael Monds.
The fire started on the rear porch of 211 Essex Street.
Investigators say it was caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette.