UPDATE 2 p.m.
This was a large house, with several bedrooms and a common area in the attic space, fire officials said.They are not sure how many people were living there or if it was a fraternity house. They are looking into whether this is an official fraternity house.
The fire is under investigation and OFD still has personnel on the scene searching for the origin and cause.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE BELOW
OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Fire Department crews were dispatched to a structure fire just after midnight at 110 W. Bridge St., near West Eighth Street.
Oswego firefighters respond to a blaze in the city’s west side shortly after midnight today (March 15). OFD photo
First arriving crews reported smoke showing from the two and a half-story multi-family dwelling, with the duty officer reporting an active fire seconds later.
Firefighters found a heavy volume of fire on the first and second floors of the structure, and went to work extinguishing the flames and searching for occupants.
The fire extended to void spaces in the attic, making overhaul physically demanding on the firefighters.
The fire was declared under control after about an hour, as firefighters continued to pull wall and ceiling material exposing hot spots.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Jon Chawgo, the multi-family residence appeared to be occupied by college students, but nobody was home at the time of the fire.
Chawgo said, “Our personnel did an excellent job knocking down the fire and protecting the neighboring structures. The house did sustain moderate damage, but is not considered a total loss and should be able to be repaired.”
There was moderate damage to the house and a neighboring structure sustained minor damage, firefighter said. But no serious injuries were reported.
A neighboring house sustained minor damage to the vinyl siding.
One neighboring patient was transported to the Oswego Hospital for observation, and no other injuries were reported.
The Oswego Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office, Oswego Police Department, Menter Ambulance, National Grid, and the Oswego County Mobile Cascade Unit.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.