The two representatives also said while it is fortunate that no lives were lost, they hope that doesn't prevent the EPA from prioritizing the fire in regards to the potentially hazardous substances that may still be emitted from the smoldering site.
Congressman Anthony Brindisi says initial air quality checks around the former Charlestown Mall complex have found no hazardous contaminants, no chemicals and no harmful gases in the air and that there is currently no risk to public health.
Crews were called to a raging fire at the Charlestown Mall complex, 311 Turner Street in Utica at 1:30 this morning. Smoke and ash are covering the lower side of East Utica. The abandoned building is a total loss.