UPDATE 3 p.m.
The Fulton Fire Department responded to an alarm for a reported structure fire in an apartment house located at 63-65 W. First St. S., in the city of Fulton at about 1:18 a.m. Thursday.
All available Fulton Fire Department personnel were called in to battle the blaze.
Mutual aid assistance was requested from Volney, Granby Center, Oswego Town and Cody volunteer fire departments as well as the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office.
The fire took approximately two to three hours to extinguish due to the construction of the building and the location of the fire in the structure.
All occupants in the four apartments of the two-story building made it out, with one individual being taken to Upstate Hospital in Syracuse.
One minor firefighter injury was reported.
Fire department personnel remained on the scene throughout the night to monitor the situation.
The city of Fulton Cause and Origin Team, consisting of fire investigators from both the Fulton Fire and Fulton Police departments, is continuing with its fire investigation today.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE BELOW:
FULTON, NY – One person was reportedly injured in an early morning fire today (Nov. 14) at a Fulton apartment building.
Fourteen people are homeless following the blaze on West First Street South. The Red Cross is assisting the families.
The fire was reported about 1:15 a.m.
One person was taken to a hospital, reportedly due to burns and smoke inhalation. There is no word on the victim’s condition.
The other occupants were able to get out safely.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A Disaster Action Team of the American Red Cross Central New York Chapter provided assistance early morning to meet the immediate needs of 14 people who were displaced by a fire at an apartment building on 63 W. First St., South, Fulton, according to Danielle Hayden, manager of the American Red Cross of Oswego County.
The Red Cross provided assistance with food, clothing and gave out comfort kits to all of the families. Each family had a safe place to stay.
American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers are trained to respond to disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms and administer to the needs of survivors.
Red Cross assistance typically includes temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and replacement clothing, replacement medication, and emotional counseling and support. Volunteers are always needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross Central New York Chapter at (315) 234-2200 or visit www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org