UPDATE: Several people, including children, are displaced after a fast-moving fire ripped through their apartment building in Utica Monday evening.
The fire at the apartment building on Oneida Street was reported just after 5 p.m. Smoke quickly filled the air and fire charred the back of the building.
Fire officials say the building had six apartments. They say the fire started in the back of the building and flames climbed up the side of it.
Some of the residents who live in the building say that some of the tenants were inside at the time, but they all made it out safely.
"Those are my bedroom windows. It’s burnt in the front where the doors are,” said Cynthia Slade, a resident of the building. “That’s how we enter our apartment. There’s only one way in.".
When fire crews arrived on scene, they searched the building to be sure that nobody was trapped inside.
“They did primary and secondary searches with negative results. They found nobody in, so, so that’s a good thing, there wasn’t anything to be concerned with there. But they still went through the procedures of checking all areas."
Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.
The local American Red Cross says they are assisting seven people from three different families, including four adults and three children, ages nine, 11 and 13.
UTICA – Crews are responding to a reported structure fire in the city of Utica.
The fire on Oneida Street near Hobart Street was first reported at 5:09 p.m., according to the Oneida County 911 Center.
The NEWSChannel 2 Tower Cam showed heavy smoke in the area, and the front of the building looks charred.
NEWSChannel 2 crews are headed to the scene. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
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