Utica, N.Y. - The Dollar Tree store in Utica is now back open, nine months after the building was intentionally set on fire.
Utica Police arrested two juveniles for setting the fire the afternoon of Saturday, May, 12, 2018. Their names were not released because of their age.
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri was on hand for Saturday morning's grand reopening ceremony. Palmieri says it's great to have the store open, but he says what's even greater is looking back on that day, and that knowing no one was hurt, "There could've been casualties in the store if it were not for the quick response of the Utica Fire Department."
Dollar Tree Regional Director Jean Versace echoed that statement at the ceremony, "It was devastating seeing it. And I'll tell you, the police department, the fire department, outstanding work that day because we could've lost this whole plaza. So, fantastic work."
Palmieri says it's nice that the people of this part of east Utica once again have this shopping option. He says his wife is also happy it's open, as she shops there as well, "It's such a well populated area, and this is a need, so it's refreshing to see so many people getting able to meet their needs."