Fire displaces dozens in Utica

Published Sep 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

A total of 27 people are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross after a three-story building caught fire in Utica Saturday evening, according to local officials.

The Red Cross said that it is assisting 16 people who were living at 1403 Oneida St.

Fire officials said the fire started in the attic space at the top of the building.

The three-story apartment building houses 18 units. Officials said all residents escaped without injury after the first started at about 6:30 p.m.

Red Cross officials said the flames also damaged neighboring properties at 1405 Oneida St. and 100 Hobart St. An additional 11 people needed help from those two properties.

The Red Cross is proving financial assistance for shelter, food and clothing to the displaced residents.

The state Office of Fire Prevention and Control was on the scene investigating the cause of the fire on Sunday.