SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TTV) — The Syracuse Fire Department fought through snow Thursday morning, exhausting up to 80% of its on-duty crews to battle a fire on the city’s northside.
The fire broke out around 5 a.m. above the Sunrise Convenience Store at the corner of Butternut and Carbon Streets.
Fire crews tell NewsChannel 9 that it started on the third floor of the structure before spreading to all three levels. The convenience store is located on the first floor and apartments are on top. One of the apartments was unoccupied. The other resident was able to escape.
Syracuse’s fire chief says the size of the fire and the building put a strain on their resources. “Our companies made an aggressive attack to go attack the fire. They did a search. The fire conditions got really really bad inside. High heat. No visibility. The fire ended up going through the roof and at that time the command told everybody to come out of the fire and we took a defensive mode,” explained Chief Michael Monds.
Adjacent buildings were not affected by the fire but Chief Monds says they were evacuated over concerns of smoke inhalation.
The damage to the building was significant. Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.
At the noon hour, Butternut Street remains closed between Carbon and Spring Streets. Crews advise drivers to avoid the area.