SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A fire broke out in Syracuse leaving heavy smoke in the sky in Syracuse’s north east side Thursday evening.

The Syracuse Fire Department along with Syracuse Police were dispatched to a fire around 4:51 p.m. on East Laurel Street near Lodi Street and South Alvord Street in Syracuse.

City fire crews were battling the fire for about an hour before they were able to get it under control.

“There were a total of three apartments in the building, two of which were occupied at
the time of the fire. The American Red Cross was on scene assisting the occupants of the two apartments, as they will not be able to return to their homes tonight due to fire, smoke, and water damage,” said Syracuse FD.

According to the American Red Cross, they helped three people who were displaced from the fire. They provided them with food, shelter and clothing for three adults across two households.

NewsChannel 9’s tower camera caught video of the smoke coming from East Laurel Street.

Fire in Syracuse East Laurel Street

Fire crews tell NewsChannel 9 that when they responded, they initially tried to fight the fire from inside. However, conditions forced them out of the house retreating to defensive operation and additional units were called to the scene to help put out the fire.