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Crews battle morning fire in frigid temperatures in Dryden

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DRYDEN, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Multiple fire departments responded to an repair shop and apartment fire on Dryden Road in the town of Dryden early Wednesday morning.

In a Facebook post, Dryden Fire Chief Mike Hall says crews were dispatched to the scene around 3:27 a.m. The structure was "heavily involved" in the fire by the time Dryden fire officials arrived on scene just 12 minutes later, he says.

The fire was upgraded to a second alarm fire.

Hall says the frigid temperatures and lack of water supplies hindered crews' ability to battle to blaze. He says a water shuttle was used to bring in water from three miles away.

No injuries were reported and all people inside the apartment were evacuated, he says. The fire was under control by 5:20 a.m. and the building is a total loss.

The following departments responded to the fire:

  • Freeville Fire
  • McClean Fire
  • Etna Fire
  • Varna Fire
  • Groton Fire
  • Lansing Fire
  • Cayuga Heights Fire
  • Harford Fire
  • Slaterville Fire
  • Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response
  • NYS Department of Transportation
  • Town of Dryden Highway Department
  • Tompkins County Sheriff's Office
  • NYSEG
  • Town of Dryden Code Department
  • NYS DEC
  • Brecht's Towing

The Cortlandville and Virgil fire departments provided coverage for the other departments as they fought the fire on Dryden Road.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

PHOTO SOURCE: Dryden Fire Department

WBNG Staff

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