Utica Fire Department reported that when the firefighters arrived, they found the attic and second floors of the building engulfed by flames. The Deputy Chief of Fire immediately requested more resources for the fire scene, as it appeared that the fire was spreading rapidly through the entire building.
For approximately 35 minutes firefighters carried out interior firefighting operations to try and control the fire. As conditions changed, however, the fire began to burn through the roof, and all firefighters had to be removed. The building collapsed after the firefighters left, causing serious damage to 711 Cooper Street as well as 705 Varick Street.
UFD reported that the city is pursuing an urgent demolition order due to the damage caused by the fire.
Officials have confirmed that all known residents of the apartments on the second floor are now receiving help from the Red Cross.
The occupants of 711 Cooper Street were also temporarily relocated.
Investigations are still ongoing to determine the cause of this fire.
The scene remains active, despite the collapsed structure.
A fire is being fought by Utica firefighters on Varick Street.
The fire was at 703 Varick Street in the HK Restaurant and lounge.
Smoke from the fire is visible in the City of Utica.
Utica Police has announced that businesses around Varick Street are expected to be closed until 8 pm.
A shooting occurred at this location.
Tyrell Brown is suspected of killing Kwamae Smit on November 11 at the HK Restaurant and Bar on Varick Street.
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