FREEVILLE, N.Y.—A fire at a residence in Freeville claimed one person’s life and injured another in the early hours of Friday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched just after 4 a.m., according to a release from the Freeville Fire Company, to a structure fire on Railroad Street which was found consuming the back and upstairs apartment of the building. Workers encountered extreme heat, smoke and flames upon entering the building, according to Freeville fire chief Michael Parker.

One person was found deceased inside, as well as one other person who was taken to a Syracuse hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. All other people escaped the residence.

The identity of the person who died has not yet been released.

The fire took several hours to control, with help from fire companies from Dryden, Dryden Ambulance, Groton, Etna, Lansing, McLean and Varna, as well as several others.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at