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27 Candlelight Circle Apartment Fire


At approximately 6:11am on May 5th, Moyers Corners was alerted for a reported apartment fire at the Candlelight Lane Apartments in the Station 2 response area.

Shortly after dispatch, the 911 Center began receiving a large number of calls, reporting a large amount of fire from the building, as well as people attempting to evacuate the building by jumping from windows. At the same time, members from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office as well as Car 3 [D/C Dembowski] arrived and immediately struck the Signal 99 (Working Structure Fire) with heavy fire showing from the second floor of the building.

Engine 21 [Past D/C Beverly] arrived as the First Due Engine, brought in a hydrant, and began knocking down the large amount of fire from the exterior, as well as deploying a portable monitor nozzle to the rear of the structure to extinguish the visible fire and attempt to stop the fire from spreading to nearby exposures. Ladder 1 [Capt Hildreth] arrived as the first due aerial, and began elevated waterway operations, while the crew began a trench-cut on the adjoining building to prevent the fire from spreading.

As additional units started to arrive, they initiated their assigned tasks, including searching the fire building, securing utilities, and deploying additional handlines. Due to the time of day, and the extent of the fire, multiple Fire Departments were special requested to the scene, in addition to the normal assignment. Departments that responded or stood by included North Syracuse, Lakeside, Northwest, Belgium-Cold Springs, Cicero, Clay, Liverpool, East Syracuse, Hinsdale, and Mattydale.

Due the number of patients, ultimately 4 ambulances responded from NOVA, NAVAC, and AMR. One victim was transported to an area hospital, and one firefighter was injured, and was treated and released by the ambulance on-scene. Moyers Corners Fire Police assisted with controlling traffic and scene security.

The cause is currently under investigation and anyone with any information is urged to contact the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and the Onondaga County Fire Investigation Unit.

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