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Garage fire fills Utica with thick smoke

Posted by wlpo on October 19, 2015

That thick black smoke coming from Utica Monday afternoon was a detached garage burning.

The garage owned by Chris Plankenhorn was gutted and his house had some damage to the back porch. A minivan and truck parked near the garage were also burnt. The fire also damaged the neighbor’s house on Johnson Street.

Utica Fire Chief Ben Brown says the state fire marshal’s office did stop by to investigate the cause but he’s doesn’t think it’s anything suspicious. Brown did say the homeowner was burning stuff earlier in the day.

Several fire departments helped to put the fire out.

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