Crew battles fire and live ammunition
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NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- North Syracuse firefighters were faced with live ammunition while putting out a fire at a home on Wells Avenue East.
Crews were called to the home after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. One man was home at the time, and was out on the front lawn when firefighters arrived. Officials said he was suffering from smoke inhalation, but refused treatment.
They believe the fire started on the first floor in the kitchen and worked its way into the second floor.
The crew was forced to take extra safety precautions when loaded handguns, ammunition, and gun powder began going off in the home.
Pat Brennan, North Syracuse Fire Chief said, “Because of the ammunition that was going off, and for the safety of the firefighters, we pulled everyone out, and we went into what we call a defense mode and we put water in from the outside."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The man and his wife are being assisted by the American Red Cross.