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Young girl seriously injured in Utica fire; 2 more blazes follow

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A young girl suffered critical injuries after fire erupted at the Adrean Terrace apartment complex Friday.

She eventually was transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse following the 5:15 p.m. blaze. The cause and origin of the fire was under investigation Friday night.

The girl was rescued from the building after firefighters entered a second-floor window via ladder and then brought her down the inside stairs at 62-64 West Adrean Terrace, Asst. Fire Chief George Clark said.

At first, there were reports of others possibly being trapped, but that ended up being unfounded.

The family who lived there consisted of about 10 members, and they are believed to be from Somalia. An interpreter was at the scene.

While battling the fire, crews also conducted primary and secondary searches of area apartments in Building 8 in case any other victims may still be inside, but they didn’t find anyone.

At 6:14 p.m., officials said everyone was accounted for and placed the fire officially under control.

Red Cross volunteers were called, and the Municipal Housing Authority — which operates the apartment complex — reportedly was providing shelter for those affected by the fire.

The Oneida County air supply van also responded, as well as Kunkel Ambulance and National Grid.

Most crews had left the scene by 7 p.m. A fire marshal remained at the scene well into the night investigating the cause and origin. It's believed the fire started on the first floor.

City police provided traffic and crowd control.

Two more fires followed this call, one later Friday night and one early this morning. Check the links attached to this story on our homepage for those details.


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