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Fire On Riverside Drive In Utica Under Control

Gino Geruntino, WIBX

Utica, NY (WIBX) – A fire at 170 Riverside Drive in North Utica is now under control.

According to Deputy Chief Mark Ambrose, the fire was reported at 1:10 p.m. Several Utica fire crews battled the flames for nearly 90 minutes, and at one point, were told to evacuate the residence.

“There was a gas leak in the back, but that was due to the fire, so that burned some off,” Ambrose said. “And we had a live electrical wire down that impeded some of our progress.”

Firefighters cut holes into the roof to help ventilate the home, while National Grid handled a live wire that had fallen.

Ambrose says the two family rental property suffered extensive damage, but everyone at the home has been accounted for.

“There’s three people that actually supposedly occupied the structure,” Ambrose said. “There was one here at the time of the fire.”

The resident escaped safely and was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Utica Police say the Red Cross has also been made available to offer the victims assistance.

Ambrose says a cause has not been determined, but an investigation will begin once the building is secured.

Gino Geruntino, WIBX



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