Cayuga Centers residence

A second fire in less than a month occurred in a Cayuga Centers residence on Monday night at 202 Franklin St., Auburn. 

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

AUBURN — The Auburn Fire Department is investigating a bathroom closet fire at a Cayuga Centers residence on 202 Franklin St. Monday night. It is the second fire at that home in less than a month.

Assistant Fire Chief Mark Fritz said there were no injuries, but four staff members and five youth residents had to be relocated to the organization's main campus on Hamilton Avenue due to extreme weather conditions. The building was deemed uninhabitable last night, but Fritz said repairs were underway Tuesday.

The fire was called in at 6:17 p.m. Monday. Fritz said it was contained to the first-floor bathroom.

"It is currently under investigation because normally fires don't start in closets in bathrooms," he said. 

Auburn firefighters put out a fire in the same residence on Dec. 5. That one sparked in the upstairs office of the building, but did not require residents to relocate. That fire's cause, too, was under investigation.

Cayuga Centers is a service provider for families and children in New York, Florida and Delaware, focusing on residential service, foster care, evidence-based programs and help for people with disabilities. 

Staff writer Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (315) 282-2237 or gwendolyn.craig@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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