Updated 05/27/2012 12:43 PM
Crews fight two fires, one ruled arson
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Two fires that started just minutes apart kept firefighters in Syracuse busy Saturday night and now investigators say one of those fires was intentionally set.
Crews were called to a vacant home on Tully Street just before 10:30 p.m. They were able to get the flames under control quickly. Officials said that fire is a case of arson.
Just four minutes after the Tully Street fire started, crews were called to another fire on Richmond Avenue. The flames spread quickly to all three floors of the four-apartment building. Everyone was able to get out safely and crews had the fire under control in about 30 minutes, but the building suffered extensive damage.
Fire officials said the two different scenes spread their resources thin.
Bill Mitson, the Deputy Fire Chief said, “Real busy hour and a half or two hours for the city fire department tonight. We were down to one engine and one truck at one point."
Fourteen people are being helped by the Red Cross after being displaced by the fire. Officials said the cause was electrical.