OSWEGO – The Oswego Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 12:07 p.m. today (Nov. 10) at 220 W. Eighth St.
The first units arrived at 12:10 p.m. and reported heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the split occupancy.
The first floor of the structure contains a hair salon business, and the second floor is an apartment.
Firefighters forced entry to the structure, encountered high heat and heavy smoke conditions upstairs, before locating the fire in the living room on the second floor and knocking it down with a hoseline.
Crews simultaneously searched the structure for trapped occupants, and declared it clear minutes later.
Firefighters then pulled ceiling material to expose any hidden hot spots, and officials deemed the fire out at 12:36 p.m.
According to fire officials, there was nobody home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time.
Oswego Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie commended his crews on a job well done.
He cautioned residents about the importance of working smoke alarms.
“Our personnel did a great job getting to the scene quickly, and making short work of this fire. Fortunately, with this fire occurring during the day a couple of people saw the smoke and called 911. If this fire happened in the middle of the night, it could have resulted in a tragedy because there were no working smoke alarms to alert a sleeping resident,” the chief said.
The Oswego Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Oswego Police Department, Menter Ambulance, the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office, the Oswego County Mobile Cascade Unit, and National Grid.
The American Red Cross was notified to help the displaced resident.
The Oswego Fire Department has a smoke alarm installation program available to residents.
Firefighters will visit homes to install free smoke alarms to ensure residents are safe.
For more information about this program or to make an appointment, please call the Oswego Fire Department headquarters at (315) 343-2161.