Blaze at Syracuse mall sparks evacuation, hours-long closure

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SYRACUSE (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.

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.

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