UTICA, N.Y. (UPDATED) – Four adults and two children were displaced from a South Utica home after the house caught fire just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.
Utica Fire Department responded to 23 Ferris Avenue, after neighbors say smoke was coming from the top floor.
Officials say the fire seems to have started in the kitchen.
Fire Chief Scott Ingersoll says the kitchen and the outside area sustained the heaviest fire damage. Heavy smoke damage is reported to be throughout the rest of the building.
Utica firefighters rescued several cats by using pet oxygen masks. No injuries are reported.
On Monday, residents in the surrounding area reported brown water coming out of their faucets.
“If people draw that water while that’s in place, they might have it in their indoor plumbing, so in that case what they should do is run their cold water for a couple of minutes – it should clear right up. You might see it in the toilet until you flush it again, and then you don’t want to use your hot water heater during those times, because you can draw that sediment into your hot water heater,” said Patrick Becher, executive director of the Mohawk Valley Water Authority.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.