East Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Fire at a house on West Manlius Street in East Syracuse spread through three apartments before crews knocked down the flames.
Chief Robert Russell said the fire was initially reported near a back porch. Crews said the heat was intense when they arrived because the metal roof trapped the flames inside. Once they cut a hole, it was easier to fight.
"Once you get moisture and that on the metal deck roofings, you are slipping a lot more. It is a lot harder to cut. Plus, there is a second roof under the metal decking. So, it made it a little bit harder to get the roof open initially," Russell said.
Firefighters were also battling the heat and humidity outside of the home. A rehab center was set up to rotate crews and help them cool down. Russell said the building was divided into three apartments with one resident living in each unit. Two people were home at the time of the fire. The chief believes everyone got out safely.