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Blaze at Syracuse mall sparks evacuation, hourslong closure

December 8, 2021 GMT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A fire at a Syracuse megamall prompted a full evacuation and closure for several hours Tuesday evening, although it was back in business the next morning.

Most of the damage from the two-alarm blaze was limited to the roof of the Destiny USA mall above a Cheesecake Factory restaurant, The Post-Standard reported Wednesday.

Firefighters gained access to the roof through the mall’s stairs and a ladder truck, and the fire was extinguished more than 45 minutes after emergency crews arrived on the scene at around 6:30 p.m., the Syracuse Fire Department said.

Firefighters had to saw through parts of the roof to locate and extinguish hidden pockets of fire, said Syracuse Fire Deputy Chief John Kane.

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Fire crews encountered only light smoke conditions inside the mall, Kane said, and there were no injuries.

According to mall officials, Destiny USA resumed normal hours Wednesday, WSYR-TV reported.

The Fire Investigation Bureau is working to determine the cause of the fire, Kane said.