Twenty people are homeless following a Thursday night fire on Blandina Street in Utica.

The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the four families, which include seven adults and 13 children ranging in age from one to 12 years old.

They're providing shelter, food and clothing, along with emotional support.

Utica Fire officials say the fire started in a second-floor rear bedroom at 1112 Blandina Street and spread to the attic.  They say due to windy conditions and the close proximity of the building to 1110 Blandina, the fire began to spread to the outside and attic of the neighboring structure.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire in both buildings to the second-floor and attic areas.

The fire was brought under control in less than an hour.

No one was injured in the fire.

The cause remains under investigation.


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