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Mother, three children killed in Schuyler Street fire
UTICA, N.Y. - A mother and three children have been killed, following a Monday morning fire on Schuyler Street in Utica.
Fire crews remain on the scene of a 2 1/2 story duplex fire in the 900 block of Schuyler Street. When crews first arrived on the scene, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the first and second floor of the building.
The fire broke out shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, and around 9:40, firefighters were evacuated from the building for safety fears of the roof collapsing.
Around 10 a.m., an ambulance, the Fire Chaplain, and a coroner were all called to the scene with reports of multiple people of varying ages trapped inside the building. Firefighters were returning into the building to search for those unaccounted people.
Shortly after 10 a.m., Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks confirmed that a woman and two children had been killed in the fire, and crews were still searching for a third child that was unaccounted for.
Around 11 a.m., Brooks confirmed to NEWSChannel 2 that four people in all died in the fire, including three children. It was at that time that Chief Brooks confirmed that the woman who was killed was, in fact, the mother of the children.
Two dogs were also killed in the fire.
Chief Brooks said that a fire inspection had occurred in the building a year ago that turned up numerous problems. However, he said the landlord fixed those problems and the building had then passed inspection.
A WKTV News Crew consisting of Reporter Pat Bailey and Photojournalist Tim Fisher were only on the scene a few minutes when a man who was upset by our crew being on the scene punched and tackled Fisher to the ground. That man was subsequently arrested by Utica Police.