UTICA, N.Y. --- The Red Cross is assisting 8 people after a fire destroyed a home in Utica early Saturday morning.
Utica Fire Department tells NEWSChannel 2 that the first call came in just after 4 am. When crews arrived on the scene they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the attic.
The heavy fire caused the entire roof to collapse. All of the people inside made it out safely before firefighters arrived.
Because of the cold weather, two fire hydrants froze making it difficult to immediately get water onto the fire.
"We were hampered firefighter wise by two frozen hydrants. We weren't able to get water onto the fire for around 12 minutes before we were able to establish water supply. There were two homes on each side of the structure that we were able to protect. All of our firefighters were called to the scene, " said Fire Chief Scott Ingersoll.
The fire department says no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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