HERKIMER – Several people have been displaced by a small fire that broke out in Herkimer late this morning.
Fire officials say the fire at 318 Pleasant Avenue was contained to the attic, but the people who live in the apartments within the house have all been displaced as officials investigate the cause. Fire officials say they believe the fire was started from the landlord trying to heat up the frozen pipes, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
The local American Red Cross is assisting the families who have been displaced by the fire. Two of those victims tell NEWSChannel 2 that this is the second time they’ve been displaced by a fire, but the first time occurred when they were living somewhere else.
Herkimer and Ilion fire departments responded to the scene, while East Herkimer was placed on standby. Officials are now working to investigate the cause of the fire.
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