UPDATED 12:05 p.m.: The probable cause of the house fire this morning at 66 Liberty St in Oswego appears to be accidental and associated to cooking on the stove, according to Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie. While the investigation is not complete, at this time that appears to be the cause. 16 people were home at the time of the fire and escaped on their own.
OSWEGO, NY – A two-story, two-family house on the west side of Oswego was destroyed by fire early this morning (Nov. 4).
Upon arrival, crews encountered heavy fire coming from the house with all residents out of the structure.
One person, a three-year-old, was taken to Oswego Hospital and transferred to Upstate in Syracuse to be treated for smoke inhalation, Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie told Oswego County Today.
Two adults were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The fire was reported at 2:01 a.m. at 66 Liberty St. It was “fully and heavily involved” when firefighters pulled up a couple minutes later.
Firefighters were still at the scene around 9 a.m.
“We think that at the time of the fire there were 16 people in the residence,” Chief McCrobie said. “It’s a two-family residence, upstairs-downstairs.”
“We are investigating the cause of the fire right now. But, because there is so much damage, the upstairs apartment is mostly sitting in the downstairs now,” the chief said. “We don’t want to put any of our people in to investigate it. We’re going to bring the aerial (truck) over and shoot some pictures from up on top. We’re having some trouble getting statements (from the residents) because people were displaced in their stocking feet.”
The Red Cross is assisting the residents.
There were some injuries, including the three-year-old’s, some minor burns to a couple adults, hands and feet, the chief said.
“Our crews tried to make an interior attack, from the front and back, but were only able to make it so far through the heavy, heavy fire and heat,” McCrobie said. “It’s a new kind of metal roof that was put over the existing roof. It made things like a kettle on a stove, holding the heat in.”
Once they determined everyone was out safley and that it wasn’t safe for firefighters to be inside, they did an external attack, and tried to do the best they could to also protect the homes on either side of the blaze, the chief said. There was some damage to both, he noted.
Most of the families’ pets are safe.
A couple dogs, a couple cats and a rabbit were accounted for; a couple turtles are unaccounted for at this time, the chief added.
“They said there were some working smoke detectors. We’re going to check that out. It’s just baffling to me at this time how it could get that far along. But luckily everyone got out. It could have been worse.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.