Blaze on Lincoln Avenue spreads to two homes

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A thick cloud of black smoke covered the City of Utica Friday night after not one, but two houses on Lincoln Avenue went up in flames. The original fire started at 1243 Lincoln Ave around 7:00 p.m. When crews arrived the home was completely engulfed in flames and smoke was billowing everywhere.

Those flames quickly jumped to the house right next door. Crews worked fast to make sure a third house didn't follow suit. Fire Chief Russell Brooks had his teams battle the fire from outside, fearing the buildings would collapse.

Brooks says they do not believe anyone was inside when the fire started. He said, "we believe at this time, we've done a search of both buildings, that there is no one inside. It's what we refer to as a primary search. We haven't searched every nook and cranny,"

The crowd of spectators grew quickly. More than a hundred people showed up to watch the crews fight the fire. Utica Police were asking people to avoid the area for their safety as there were live wires down on the ground.

An investigation into the cause is underway.

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