Firefighters called out of burning Cicero business when overhead electrical lines lean

Firefighters called out of burning Cicero business when overhead electrical lines lean


Firefighters called out of burning Cicero business when overhead electrical lines lean

CICERO, N.Y. — As firefighters battled a fire at a Cicero business Sunday night, overhead electrical lines started to lean.

Firefighters were immediately called out of Rogers Auto Service, at 8830 Brewerton Road, about 25 minutes into the fire, Cicero Deputy Fire Chief George Barrett said.

“We went outside for the safety of the firefighters,” he said.

About 50 firefighters from Cicero, Clay, Brewerton, Mattydale, Moyers Corners and North Syracuse were called to the fire at 6:39 p.m.

Cicero police, EAVES and NAVAC ambulance crews also responded after several passersby reported the fire on Brewerton Road, also known as U.S. Route 11, between McKinley and Sneller roads.

Barrett said he was at Cicero Fire Station 1 when the calls came in. He arrived within 1 1/2 minutes and saw heavy dark gray smoke coming out the roof line of the business on all four sides.

Within five minutes, flames started showing, mainly from the front right side of the 50-foot by 30-foot building, where the company offices are located, Barrett said. No one was inside the building when Barrett arrived and no one was injured during the fire, he said.

About 10 minutes after the fire was reported, a cat escaped from the back of the building, where there’s a one-bay auto garage with an overhead door, Barrett said. He believed the cat belonged to the business owner, Harold Rogers.

When the electrical lines started to tilt overhead, Barrett said he did not want any firefighters to get electrocuted or hurt so they were immediately called outside. No one was hurt and firefighters continued battling the fire until it was extinguished at 7:39 p.m. — one hour after the fire was reported. They then continued to spray water on “hot spots.” National Grid turned off the electricity to the building about 90 minutes after the fire was reported, Barrett said.

The fire badly damaged the front offices at Rogers Auto Sales. There’s also smoke and water damage to the back garage service area, Barrett said. No vehicles were in the garage at the time of the fire.

Firefighters also were able to stop the fire from spreading to about 15 vehicles and some machinery, including a payloader and steamroller, outside the building.

During the fire, Mattydale and Moyers Corners fire departments provided a rapid intervention team, and EAVES Ambulance had a rehab unit for the firefighters battling the fire. South Bay and Bridgeport firefighters also assisted, by standing by at Cicero’s fire station in case other emergencies came in, Barrett said.

Emergency crews blocked Brewerton Road, from McKinley to Sneller roads shortly after the fire started until about 9 p.m. Traffic is once again flowing on Brewerton Road, the main north-south thoroughfare between Brewerton and Cicero.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Barrett said.

Source: Syracuse Post Standard
Firefighters called out of burning Cicero business when overhead electrical lines lean

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