Park Ave fire under investigation in Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A home in the city of Utica has been damaged after fire broke out in the attic just after 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters arrived on the scene of 1139 Park Ave to find heavy smoke pouring from the attic and received reports that there may still have been people inside.

Officials say the building housed four apartments with two apartments on each floor.

Firefighters were able to control the fire in roughly 30 minutes and later found David Panzer, the occupant of the second floor apartment where the fire originated. Panzer told investigators that he was not home when the fire began.

Crews remained on the scene to overhaul and investigate the fire until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, determining that the fire started in the second floor apartment's bathroom. The fire then spread to other combustible material in the apartment and quickly spread into the walls and was confined to the second floor rear apartment and the entire attic.

Fire officials say there was also smoke and water damage throughout the building, which is owned by Richard A. Whippo of West Winfield. Officials say that Whippo immediately responded to the fire scene to provide information to fire investigators.

Everyone made it out of the building safely.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and remains under investigation. At the scene, authorities said there could have been some electrical issues. 



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