UTICA, N.Y. --- When fire crews arrived on the scene early Thursday morning, the flames coming from the abandoned Charlestown Mall site could be seen for miles. However, daylight revealing the fallout of the blaze and the effect it had across the area.
The scent of smoke lingering as far Marcy and Westmoreland sparking concerns among residents and officials with air quality.
Utica going into a state of emergency urging residents to close their windows and doors and shut off their air conditioners.
"Being outside is terrible. You can definitely smell it. I was out having breakfast and I could smell it there. when I got out of the car here, you could smell it pretty bad here," said Utica resident Lon Thrasher.
Congressman Anthony Brindisi now calling for the DEC and the EPA to monitor the quality of air. The Mayor said the city as well as the State has already conducted an air quality test. Result have yet to be determined.
The Mohawk Valley Water Authority estimates around 2.5 million gallons of water were used to combat the fire. That number is expected to rise as fire crews remain there through the night.