UTICA N.Y. -- Two suspicious fires in one month have Utica and Frankfort officials worried about the former Charles Town Mall; worried every time their firefighters respond to a fire in the collapsing maze of a building, and, worried next time will be worse.
Thursday, leaders of both municipalities met at Utica City Hall, along with their codes and public safety officials.
They came out with the same priorities and will work together to make them happen.
"If there's a vehicle by Charlestown Mall could apply for a potential grant, we want to make sure that's there. If it's something that the city or town has to apply for the grant, we want to know. I just don't want the onus to be on the taxpayers,” said Mayor Rob Palmieri.
"To secure the building, to get the contents out of the building that are in there, so to try to make it less combustible, have less of a fire load in there, and to post the building as an unsafe building all the way around so it's covered in both counties,” said Supervisor Glenn Asnoe.
They all plan to meet again soon.