Residents safe after Binghamton house fire (with photos)

By Erika Mahoney
By Kelly McCarthy

April 6, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 10:57 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A fire damages a house containing multiple apartments at 126 Murray Street in Binghamton.

Binghamton Fire Chief Daniel Thomas said a call regarding the fire came in around 1:15 p.m.

When the Binghamton Fire Department responded, he said heavy smoke was pouring out of the back of the house.

Thomas said their initial reports said a woman was trapped in the third story, so firefighters focused their search and rescue in that area.

After investigation, they confirmed the woman had gotten out safely.

"We had already sent our crews up to the third floor, again searching down on their hands and knees, feeling under every bed," Chief Thomas said. "Whatever they could do and also sent another crew in to get another perspective on it. So we spend quite a while trying to find out. Again, I wish I had heard sooner, I was glad to hear the news. All of our efforts were to try and reach her and keep the fire in check."

Thomas said a majority of the fire was put out within 30 to 45 minutes.

The apartment at 130 Murray also sustained slight fire damage to the basement. Student residents who live there noticed the heavy smoke and ash shortly after the fire started.

"I peeked through the window and I see ash so I thought something was wrong and the first thought that went through my head was get everyone who lives on that side of the house out," said Alexander Burgos, a Binghamton University student.

He quickly gathered his roommates and they watched the fire spread from their backyard.

"The fire started on the right side of their house," said Matthew Correa, Binghamton University student. "It spread all the way up and then started moving across and at one point the entire back of the house was on fire."

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.