UFD: Cell phone charger started Utica fire that displaced 4

A family of four has been displaced by a fire on Conkling Avenue in Utica Tuesday morning.

Posted: Jan. 23, 2018 3:46 PM
Updated: Jan. 23, 2018 4:30 PM

A family of four has been displaced by a fire on Conkling Avenue in Utica Tuesday morning.

Utica Fire Department officials say the fire broke out at the two-family house around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the fire began on the second floor of the home.

Fire officials say the fire was ruled to be accidental, and it was caused by a worn out cell phone charger that was laying across a bed. Officials say the charger was not defective, just worn out.

The local American Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing for two adults and two children, ages six and nine. Officials say the four people displaced by the fire lived in the upstairs apartment, and the apartment on the first floor was not occupied.

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