Firefighters work to ensure the fire was out at a house on Third Street in Syracuse. Syracuse and Racine Fire Departments responded to the fire. Photo by Carrie Gloeckner.

Syracuse Fire Under Investigation, Two Departments Respond

SYRACUSE, Ohio – Two Fire Departments responded to a fire at structure on Third Street in Syracuse, Ohio on Monday afternoon.

Just before noon the call came in of a confirmed structure fire with Syracuse Fire Department and Racine Fire Department responding. Smoke was coming from the eaves of the house. The house was not being lived in, but was undergoing renovations.

Syracuse Police Department also responded and is investigating the fire. According to Mark Griffin with the Syracuse PD, the fire is “under investigation” and the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office has been contacted.

A junior firefighter assists a firefighter with his gear at a structure fire on Third Street in Syracuse. Photo by Carrie Gloeckner.

According to Syracuse Assistant Fire Chief Eber Pickens, Jr., approximately a dozen volunteer firefighters turned out from each department. He praised the mutual aid with the two departments. “Once again the mutual aid pays off, the assistance is always appreciated.” Pickens noted that both departments responded before the second alert sounded.

About two dozen firefighters from two departments along with Meigs EMS and Syracuse Police Department responded to the fire on Third Street. The fire is under investigation. Photo by Carrie Gloeckner.

Additionally on a hot day like today, heat is an issue for firefighters. Junior firefighters can not actively fight fires, but they do provide support for those firefighters that do. Juniors helped with bringing water and helping with getting tanks on and off of firefighters. Meigs EMS was on hand to assist firefighters.

Responding to the fire were: Syracuse Truck 30, Engine 34, Engine 31; Racine Engine 27; Meigs EMS Medic 3 and 2; along with Syracuse Police Department.