ITHACA, N.Y. (WETM) – This morning at approximately 1:00 am the Ithaca Police Department and, Ithaca Fire Department received a report about a structure fire happening behind Lowes in the area described as the Jungle.
Emergency responders say they found a large amount of encampment covered in flames. Allegedly there were numerous explosives and an odor of chemicals that derived from the fire. Ithaca Police Units restricted jungle residents from reentering the area due to the fire.
Once Ithaca Fire Department put out the fire they figured out that the encampment was vacant when the fire happened. The resident of the encampment has been located and is uninjured. After extinguishing the fire, Ithaca Police units discovered numerous propane tanks and other hazardous material at the scene. The fire has been labeled accidental.
If you have any information about this incident or any incidents in the City of Ithaca you are requested to contact IPD at one of the below means, you may remain anonymous.
Police Dispatch: (607)272-3245
Police Administration: (607)272-9973
Police Tipline: (607)330-0000
Anonymous Tip Submission: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips