UPDATE: Air quality advisory lifted in Utica after CharlesTown Mall fire

The CharlesTown Mall building burns in the early hours of August 27, 2020 (photo: Brent Kearney)

MVWA says as a result of the heavy water usage, a boil water advisory has been issued for surrounding neighborhoods.

Posted: Aug 28, 2020 12:09 PM
Updated: Aug 28, 2020 2:52 PM

UTICA, NY - The City of Utica has announced the advisory issued Thursday for residents to keep their doors and windows closed has been lifted. The city had previously advised residents to be cautious, since smoke from the fire could be detected in the air for miles.

However, the Mohawk Valley Water Authority says as a result of the heavy water usage, a boil water advisory has been issued for surrounding neighborhoods. A list of affected streets can be found here.

The Utica Fire Department says more than two million gallons of water have been poured on the fire by firefighters, in addition to rainfall the site has received over the past two days.

MVWA says the earliest the boil water advisory can be lifted is Saturday.

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