City firefighters extinguish apartment fire

(Photo via the City of Cortland Fire Department).

The City of Cortland Fire Department quickly extinguished a fire in the early-morning hours of Wednesday, according to a report.

The report from the city fire department stated that a 9-unit apartment complex at 10 Northcliffe Rd. was found with fire visible through the apartment’s patio doors and smoke coming from the structure.

One city unit used a hand line to “suppress the fire,” while the other city unit on scene began to search for a fire extension and victims. The fire was under control in less than 10 minutes, the report noted.

A total of nine occupants evacuated the apartment complex, with one of them removed from the structure by city units and treated for smoke inhalation. No injuries were reported, but one of the occupants was transported to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center for further evaluation, stated in the report.

The cause of the fire was deemed accidental. Units cleared the scene at 3:45 a.m.

“This morning’s event proves the importance of working smoke detectors and the necessity for an evacuation plan for all places of residence,” noted in the report.

The city fire department was assisted by the city police department, TLC EMS and the Cortland County 911 Center.