Nine people were displaced Tuesday night following a structure fire at 743 Elizabeth Street in Utica.

The Utica Fire Department was called to the scene just before 9:30 p.m. and upon arrival saw slight interior smoke in the two-family home.

UFD officials announced on Facebook that the blaze was quickly put out and it appears the fire originated in the basement. The cause is still being investigated.

The local chapter of the Red Cross provided immediate assistance to five adults and four children. The four children ranged in age from 2 to 7 years old.

Volunteers will continue to be available for financial assistance and emotional support on the road to recovery. The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has been supporting people in our community for years and you can help.

The Red Cross is always in need of financial support and donations. Their services depend on the generosity of others. Please visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate to Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters big and small.

You can also make a difference by volunteering your time to assist in disaster relief. You can get more information on how to become a local Red Cross volunteer by visiting the same website, only with a twist,

UFD officials say the fire was under control within 15 minutes. No injuries were reported. We want to continue to thank first-responders as they put their lives on the line every day, especially in the midst of this global pandemic.

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