Fire at old Charles Town USA Mall site deemed suspicious

The first calls came in just after 7 p.m. five fire departments responded.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 7:40 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2019 12:53 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Frankfort Center's fire chief says the fire at the former Charles Town USA Mall building at 311 Turner Street had multiple points of origin, and is therefore deemed suspicious.

The first calls came in just after 7 p.m. five fire departments responded.

Frankfort Center Fire Chief, Dave Miller says the building was vacant, but there were several abandoned cars inside.

Miller said the part of the building that burned is one story, but the building as a whole is four stories.

He also tells us the building is in both Utica and Frankfort. It's 90 percent in Frankfort and ten percent in Utica. 

Both Utica and Frankfort fire crews fought the fire and had it under control in less than an hour.

Witnesses at the scene say, they saw the smoke from miles away.

"We were at Dave's Diner at the car show and we saw smoke and we were curious," said Gianna Ciccone.  Her friend Isabella Lewis added, "We just drove by and it was just a big cloud of gray smoke so we were curious."

As of Tuesday night, crews were still on scene monitoring hot spots and a portion of Bleecker Street was still shut down.

No injuries are reported from the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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