UPDATE: South Geddes Street between Delaware Street and Fitch Street reopened as of 8:40 p.m. on Friday.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse firefighters battled a major fire on the city’s westside on Friday.
Around Noon on Friday, firefighters were returning from an emergency call when they noticed smoke coming from a building at 951 South Geddes Street between Delaware Street and Fitch Street.
Around that same time, the Onondaga County 911 Center began receiving calls from residents of that address.
The first firefighters on scene called for assistance and began evacuating the building. All occupants made it out of the building safely.
Firefighters found a heavy volume of fire and extreme heat on the second floor and were forced to leave and battle the fire from outside.
More than 50 firefighters were called to the scene and it took over three hours to extinguish the bulk of the fire.
As of 4:15 p.m., crews are still on the scene.
Centro was able to send a bus to the scene so that fire crews could periodically be rotated out due to the temperatures.
The building contains five large apartments at the top and a barbershop on the bottom. The damage is significant and all occupants have been displaced.
The Red Cross will be helping those who have been affected.
Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to two nearby homes. AMR, National Grid and the Syracuse Police Department also responded to the scene.
Members of the Fire Investigation Bureau are currently working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.