One dead, five firefighters injured after house fire in Syracuse
Updated: Mon., May 20 at 9 a.m.
Syracuse, NY (WSYR-TV) -- One person is dead and five firefighters injured after an early-morning house fire on Clairmonte Avenue in Syracuse on Sunday.
Investigators found the body of an unidentified victim inside a duplex at 354 Clairmonte Avenue around 4:00 a.m.
According to the Syracuse Fire Chief, the fire was so intense that firefighters had to be pulled out of the home before they were able to find the victim. Four firefighters suffered minor burns. They were treated and released from Upstate Medical Center.
“They were up on the 2nd floor where they were telling us that it was very hot,” said Chief Paul Linnertz. “We hadn't located her yet but it was a risk assessment that was made by the senior chief and it was his experience that anybody that was in that apartment wouldn't be able to survive so he withdrew the firefighters.”
Once the fire was out, firefighters found the victim near the front of the home.
Firefighters believe the fire started in the back of an upstairs apartment.
A cause is still under investigation.
A fifth firefighter was injured after he fractured his right ring finger.
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