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No cause yet, investigation continues into Algonquin Apartments fire

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Fire officials released more details Wednesday regarding a late night fire at an apartment building in the City of Utica on Sunday although the investigation into a cause continues.

According to the Utica Fire Department, crews arrived at the Algonquin Apartment on Genesee Street around 10:25 p.m. Sunday night, with first arriving crews reporting heavy smoke pouring from the first floor of an apartment.

Officials say the building is owned by Sabanija and Becir Sinonovic.

There were multiple reports of people trapped inside due to heavy smoke throughout the building, requiring all available manpower in the city to conduct a thorough search of apartments, officials said.

Utica Fire officials state that the fire began on the first floor bedroom and it sustained substantial damage. The building as a hole sustained minor damage due to ventilation and search operations, officials added.

Two residents were treated by members of the Utica Fire Department Ambulance, but did not require transportation to the hospital, officials said.

A third resident was transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center by Kunkel Ambulance for breathing difficulties and was treated and released.

Fire Investigators conducted an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire and say no determination has been made at this time.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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