Fire Marshall investigating Mohawk St. fire in Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - An investigation is underway on Mohawk Street in Utica to determine the cause of a fire that started late Thursday evening. Members of the Utica Fire Department were called to 1002 Mohawk Street at 10:15pm for a report of a fire at a two story apartment building.

Water pressure in the area gave crews a hard time while they tried to put the fire out. Firefighters were complaining that there was a problem with the fire hydrant nearby. The water was spewing out of the hydrant instead of going into the hose like it should. Members of the media were told to stand away from the hydrant for fear that it would explode.

Deputy Chief Peter Caruso says when they arrived the occupant of the building was already outside. They proceeded to do their normal search of the building and battled the flames. "The members did a very aggressive interior attack and were able to bring the fire under control. They did their usual fine job," said Caruso.

NEWSChannel 2 spoke with the man who lives in the upstairs apartment. He says he was in the shower at the time and he heard the smoke detector going off. He quickly got dressed and was able to make it out safely. He says he lives there with his girlfriend and two children, but the three of them were visiting a relative Thursday night.

The entire building sustained heavy smoke and fire damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Utica Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Utica Police Department, Oneida County Airvan, National Grid and Emergency Services.

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