November 30, 2021

Fire ravages Maple Ave. house

Cortland firefighters remain on soon on blustery cold night

Cortland building on fire

Todd R. McAdam/managing editor

Firefighters spray water Monday night onto a fire at a building at 35 Maple Ave., Cortland. Neighbors were evacuated as Cortland firefighters doused the blaze, which was reported about 7:30 p.m.

Firefighters remained on the scene Monday night of a fire at 35 Maple Ave., Cortland.

The fire, reported at 7:30 p.m., was under control by 8:35 p.m. However, flames had broken through the roof of the building as neighbors watched firefighters work.

Several nearby buildings were evacuated as Cortland firefighters used a ladder truck to spray the flames. Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman said the cause was undetermined Monday night, but the fire started in the back of the building before moving into an empty attic.

One person suffered a minor burn and was treated at the scene before being taken to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. All residents were evacuated safely, Friedman said.

One resident was being treated at the scene for difficulty breathing. Friedman said the man was on oxygen before the fire broke out.

The 19-degree night was made to feel colder by winds gusting to 24 mph, bringing the wind chill down to 1.5 degrees.

“The biggest issue is the wind,” Friedman said. “It increases the supply of oxygen, which causes the fire to burn quicker.”

Red Cross will assist the residents, Friedman said, but he did not know how many people lived in the duplex. The 2,450-square-foot building, with four bedrooms and two baths, was built in 1890.