An elderly man was killed in an early morning house fire on Dudley Avenue in Utica.
The fire at 1226 Dudley Ave was reported at about 2:45 this morning.

96-year old Nathaniel Collins was sleeping in his bed on the second-floor.

Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks says as firefighters battled the blaze, the second floor collapsed and crews had to pull out.  When they went back in, they found Collins dead.

It took firefighters about two hours to put out the flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.