ITHACA, NY -- Ithaca Police and Fire responded to a large fire in the Jungle in the area closest to Harbor Freight Tools at 7:09 p.m. on Dec. 30. First responders found a large encampment and included structure on fire. Firefighters put out the fire and ensured nobody was inside the encampment.?


The resident of the encampment was eventually located and was not injured in the blaze, and officers offered assistance to find the person other housing for the evening.

At this point the fire has been labeled as suspicious in nature. Any persons? that may have information related to the fire are asked to contact Ithaca Police Investigations Division. Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously is encouraged to do so via the tip line or email listed below.??

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245??

Police Administration: 607-272-9973??

Police Tipline 607-330-0000??


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(2) comments

Jon Lucente

The whole place is a dangerous unregulated firetrap and should be torn down. You know what the police investigation should reveal? The whole place is suspicious.

Elisabeth Hegarty

Instead of advocating elimination of the jungle, since Mr. Lucente and his family works in the housing field (rental of very high-priced apartments), perhaps he could lend his efforts and expertise to a community low-income housing initiative that would really help residents of the jungle, not to mention Ithaca residents in general who seek affordable housing. It might be a little hard for residents of the jungle, especially during January in Ithaca, to obtain housing if the jungle is closed down. Mr. Lucente, these people deserve the necessary mental and medical services necessary, combined with people who have the clout to do something about it, to be able to live their lives in dignity. Why not volunteer to help?

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