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Utica Fire Department, Mayor’s Office Team Up To Raise Donations For Adrean Terrace Fire Victims

Gino Geruntino, WIBX

The family of a girl injured in a Friday night fire at their Adrean Terrace apartment is getting some help from the City of Utica.

Fire Chief Russell Brooks and Mayor Robert Palmieri are joining forces to raise funds for travel costs and replacing the family’s items.

“If we could just help this family of ten, with eight children, I would feel it’s the least thing that we could do,” Brooks said. “When you think about their saga, of coming form Somalia and possibly having been in a refugee camp, and trying acclimate to this culture the best they can. Then to have something like this happen where they have a daughter just hanging on for life. It’s just a very moving story.”

The four year-old girl injured in the fire remains in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Brooks says residents are already chipping in, with some sending hefty donations.

“I can’t say enough for the people in this city,” Brooks said. “When there’s any kind of tragedy or any kind of thing that occurs, the outpouring is always there. People are very generous- as generous as they can be -with not only their money, but with their prayers.”

Brooks says anyone who wants to donate can drop off cash or a check to the Utica Fire Department Headquarters on Genesee Street, or by calling (315) 792-0264 for more information.

Other items and clothes can be dropped off at the Municipal Housing Authority building. You can arrange a drop-off by calling (315) 404-2698.

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