Car crashes into house, starts fire, driver flees scene

Utica Police and Fire Crews were called to a home on Bleecker Street just after 3:00 p.m. Saturday, after a car crashed into it, starting a fire. According to Chief Ingersoll, the driver fled the scene.

Posted: Sep 5, 2020 6:53 PM

UTICA N.Y.- A car crashed into a home in Utica starting a fire Saturday, and the driver fled the scene.

Utica Police and Fire Crews were called to a home on Bleecker Street just after 3:00 p.m.

When Fire crews arrived, they discovered both the car and house were on fire.

Utica Fire Chief Scott Ingersoll says the car hit the building so hard, that a gas pipe was sheared in the basement of the home.

The sheared gas pipe caused a serious fire that extended to the first floor of the home.

There were people home at the time of the incident. No word on an exact number, but Ingersoll says they were not injured and made it out safely.

The fire has since been put out, but Ingersoll tells NEWSChannel 2, there was a concern that the building could explode.

"We have completely extinguished the fire. We still have an active gas leak right now. We're waiting for national grid gas crews to arrive so they can dig the street and shut off the gas. We have opened up all the windows to the building we have established a safe area so if the building were to explode we could minimize damage and potential injuries." said Ingersoll.

According to Ingersoll, the people inside of the home will need to relocate due to the fire and structural damage to the property.

This is a developing story and NEWSChannel 2 will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.

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