Syracuse Fire Chief: People hanging out windows trying to escape burning apartment building

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At least 10 people were rescued from a burning apartment building on Butternut Street between Hartley Street and Third Avenue in Syracuse early Sunday morning, including a one month old infant, according to the Syracuse Fire Department.

Syracuse Fire Chief tells NewsChannel 9 the fire broke out just before 1:30 a.m. in the three story building.  Monds says when fire crews arrived there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the first floor. He says several people were hanging out windows trying to escape.

The fire chief said at least ten people were rescued out of their windows and an additional five were rescued during a search of the building. He said one of the victims found inside was an unconscious adult who was carried out by firefighters.

The chief said due to the severity of the fire and the number of people trapped inside, a second alarm went out and over 50 firefighters were brought to the scene.

The chief said due to the severity of the fire and the number of people trapped inside, a second alarm went out and over 50 firefighters were brought to the scene.

The Red Cross is providing financial assistance to five adults and two children affected by the fire.

The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

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