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Firefighters battle East Syracuse warehouse fire in 90-degree weather

Syracuse.com logo Syracuse.com 5/21/2022 Anne Hayes, syracuse.com
Firefighters from nine local departments battled a warehouse fire in 90 degree temperatures Saturday, May 21, 2022. Anne Hayes | ahayes@syracuse.com © Anne Hayes | ahayes/syracuse.com/TNS Firefighters from nine local departments battled a warehouse fire in 90 degree temperatures Saturday, May 21, 2022. Anne Hayes | ahayes@syracuse.com

East Syracuse, N.Y. — Firefighters battled an East Syracuse warehouse fire in nearly 90-degree weather Saturday.

Around 11:30 a.m., an off-duty firefighter was driving on West Manlius Street when he saw a thick haze. He then noticed a fire coming from behind One Source Millwork, 617 West Manlius Street.

The fire seemingly began in a dumpster behind the building and spread to the warehouse, according to Onondaga County 911 Center dispatches.

The dumpster was fully involved, flames and heavy black smoke could be seen pouring out of it and spreading to the building.

Around an hour after crews arrived, smoke was still pouring from the dumpster and the inside of the warehouse, which primarily houses construction materials. The warehouse is approximately 31,460 square feet, according to Onondaga County property records.

Several firefighters had to seek refuge in the shade to try to cool down. It was nearly 90 degrees at the time, according to the National Weather Service.

A heat advisory is currently in effect in Onondaga county. The weather service warned of the heightened risk of heat-related illnesses.

The fire drew a large response from are fire departments. Nine fire departments responded as well as police and ambulances. The 600 Block of West Manlius Streetin the village is completely blocked off.

At 2:30 p.m., crews were still on scene working to completely knock out the blaze.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated when more information becomes available.

Staff writer Anne Hayes covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, a story idea, a question or a comment? You can reach her at ahayes@syracuse.com.

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