OSWEGO, NY – At 11:25 a.m. today (November 7), the Oswego Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 126 Liberty St.
Units arrived on the scene three minutes later reporting smoke and fire emitting from the single-family residence.
Two occupants of the residence escaped on their own and were evaluated at the scene.
One firefighter suffered a lower extremity injury and was transported to Oswego Hospital.
He was reportedly treated and released.
The home suffered extensive damage throughout.
Assisting at the scene were Oswego Police Department, Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office, and Menter Ambulance.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
“This fire had a pretty good head start on us and could have led to tragic results. The potential for loss of life due to the fact that there were no working smoke detectors was a definite possibility,” Chief Jeff McCrobie said. “A fire like that in the middle of the night could have been disastrous. I cannot believe that with the education towards working detectors, change your clock change your batteries just last weekend, and the benefits of early fire detection through working smoke detectors, that there are still homes with no working detectors. This is very disappointing and I hope that others can learn from this.”