UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - After fire crews worked until 1:30 Saturday morning, putting out hot spots at a blaze on Blandina Street in Utica, crews were back on the scene Saturday afternoon to demolish the 3 story building.
The fire broke out around 8:00 Friday evening. Among the six apartments in the building, only one tenant was home at the time, but got out safely. The firefighters were later ordered out of the building due to deteriorating conditions, and after crews made it outside of the building a major portion of the roof collapsed.
There is still one person unaccounted for, Cassandra Ottero, who lived in a first floor apartment. Firefighters searched Ottera's apartment twice, but because the building collapsed, the entire apartment couldn't be searched. Investigators say they don't think she was home when the fire broke out. Anyone with information about Cassandra Ottera's whereabouts are asked to contact the Utica Police Department at 735-3301.
The local chapter of the American Red Cross was on hand to help those who lived in the building to provide clothing, shelter, and mental health consoling. The Red Cross says you can help the victims of the fire and other local disasters by making a financial gift to:
American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley
1415 Genessee Street
Utica, NY 13501