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Auburn home heavily damaged by fire

An Auburn home was heavily damaged after a structure fire Tuesday morning.

At 9:02 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to 56 Cayuga Street after reports of smoke coming from the first and second floors of a three-story single family residence. Seventeen personnel arrived on the scene within minutes, ready to tackle the fire.

Upon entering the building, the firefighters encountered high heat and zero visibility conditions on both the first and second floors. A primary search was conducted, but no victims were found due to hoarding conditions throughout the living areas of the residence. However, the firefighters were unable to locate the fire and, with extremely high heat conditions, were forced to exit the structure at one point.

To intensify the firefighting efforts, a full second alarm was struck at 9:11 AM, bringing in an off-duty platoon. Electricity to the structure was disconnected by NYSEG at the utility pole, and the fire was finally declared under control at 10:06 AM. Fortunately, there were no reports of civilian or fire department injuries, and one engine company and fire investigators remain on the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

Temporary living arrangements for two persons were secured through the American Red Cross. The Auburn Fire Department expressed its gratitude for the assistance of Cayuga County 911, Auburn police, and various departments in the city, including the City of Auburn Water Department, Auburn DPW, Auburn Codes Office, Auburn Ambulance, and Department of Public Works.

The house fire on Cayuga Street was a challenging situation for the firefighters, but their efforts and the support of the community helped to bring the situation under control. The Auburn Fire Department continues to monitor the scene and investigate the cause of the fire.