SYRACUSE — Several people were treated for smoke inhalation, and the occupants of 14 units at McCarthy Manor on South Crouse Avenue in Syracuse were evacuated Sunday afternoon.
One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
The fire was on the eighth floor of the building, causing heavy smoke damage in the 14 units. The Red Cross was on hand to help the occupants find shelter for the night.
Fire crews knocked the fire down within minutes, according to officials.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
I live in apartment 823. I couldn’t get out because the fire was between me and the elevator. Heavy black smoke came billowing in when I opened my door. I’m 67 years old, use a power wheelchair, have an indwelling catheter, two respiratory diseases and just got home a week ago after spending 104 days in the hospital. One fireman put his oxygen mask on me while another fireman walked up eight flights of stairs to bring me the last tank of oxygen.
When they were able to evacuate me, I desperately needed a warm quiet place to lay down and the Red Cross wasn’t here yet, so I went to the Ronald McDonald House two blocks away and asked for shelter.
And they wouldn’t give it to me.
They have a new four-story building with a bazillion rooms, each room having two double beds. Their sole reason for existing is to provide housing for people facing a medical crisis, and they wouldn’t even let me sit in the lobby. The Ronald McDonald House is the worst neighbor anyone could possibly have.