Firefighters battle blaze at Sylvan Beach House 2/25/2022

UPDATED: 02/25/2022 1622 Eyewitness Joe Cieslak took the video shown in this post.

Cieslak says he was outside blowing snow into his neighbor’s driveway when he saw the smoke. Says Cieslak:

I ran to see what was going on and called 911. Then I went to the house next door, knocked and rang the doorbell, then tried the door and she was unlocked, so I went in to see if anyone was inside. I screamed and went to all the rooms and saw no one. I looked for pets and found (two) guinea pigs in a cage and tried to pick them up but they were scared. Then there was an explosion that lit up the whole house so I picked up the big cage they were in and dragged it out of the house.

Cieslak congratulated the firefighters. He said he saw them enter the house afterwards to retrieve some of the sentimental things inside. Among the items was a flag which they handed over to the locals. “It,” he said, “was touching to see. It touched me. The firefighters did a great job.”

He says two houses were destroyed in the fire. The fire broke out in the corner house and the wind carried it to the other house. WIBX has contacted authorities but it is not yet clear what caused the fire. Firefighters say they are still investigating.

Cieslak says a house about two houses down the same street burned down about ten years ago. During this fire, he rescued a dog that was inside the house. “With the wind in winter the old houses, made of wood, burn easily.”

When he was called a hero, Cieslak shrugged it off and said he was “right there” and hadn’t thought about it.

UPDATED: 02/25/2022 1510 Firefighters contained the fire. The authorities are investigating. It is still not known if anyone was inside the house.

If you live in Sylvan Beach, you are asked to avoid the fire area.

Original story:

This is a developing story and more information will be released as it becomes available.

The video above was taken by: “Sylvan Beach Joe C” on Facebook.

Authorities are working on an active house fire in Sylvan Beach.

The fire completely engulfed a home located at the intersection of Park Avenue and 17th Avenue in Sylvan Beach Village.

Facebook screenshot via SylvanBeachJoeC
Facebook screenshot via SylvanBeachJoeC

The fire was reported at 1:26 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022.

Several fire departments were called to help, including:

    • Sylvain Beach
    • Camden
    • Canastota
    • Waterfall I
    • Chittenango
    • Cleveland
    • Durhamville
    • Florence
    • Lee Center
    • McConnellsville
    • North Bay
    • Taberg
    • Vienna
    • Vineall
    • wampsville

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