Syracuse, N.Y. — A firefighter suffered minor injuries Saturday night after a section of ceiling from a burning apartment building collapsed on him, a deputy chief said.
At 6:05 p.m., several 911 calls reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of a building in the Remington Garden Apartments complex, Syracuse Fire Department Deputy Chief James Farewell said at the scene. The apartments are off East Brighton Avenue.
All residents got out before firefighters arrived and no injuries were reported to residents, Farewell said.
Firefighters arrived in less than three minutes, reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the second and third floor of the three-story, garden-style apartment building, Fire Chief Michael J. Monds said Saturday night in news release.
About 34 firefighters were called to the scene and it took about 30 minutes to put the fire out, he said.
One person was seen being loaded into an American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance on a stretcher.
The injured firefighter, who was not identified, was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse to be evaluated, according to Monds. The firefighter was treated and released from the hospital but did not return to work Saturday night, he said.
The apartment where fire crews found flames in unlivable at this time, Farewell said.
Volunteers from the Central & Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate assistance to four adults and two children, ages 1 and 7, who were displaced from their home after the fire.
The Remington Gardens apartment complex was built in 1989 in the Outer Comstock neighborhood and has 14 three-story buildings with 156 units.