Some Olbiston residents finally returning home

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It's been nearly two weeks since fire badly damaged the Olbiston Apartment building in Utica. Now, some of the tenants who fell victim to that blaze are getting the go ahead to move back in.

It was a very happy day for the 35 residents who were being allowed to return to the complex. Many of them spent the past 12 days waiting outside the building for any word on when they could return.

City officials, including Utica's Fire Chief and codes inspectors were at the building, making sure that it was safe to inhabit. New changes at the building will be implemented, including 24-hour security. There will also be a guard on every other floor and new emergency lighting will be installed.

The Utica Fire Department previously determined that the fire at the complex was set on purpose. The Utica Police Department is taking care of the criminal investigation into the fire.

Fire officials add that between 10 and 15 people per day will be allowed to move back, just not all at the same time. They say the process could take a few weeks.

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