Lansing Street in Utica was quiet late Thursday morning. It was a much different scene just hours before.
"People on the first floor and the second floor evacuated. They did find fire up in the attic," said Utica Fire Chief Scott Ingersoll.
Utica firefighters went in the building and rescued a woman leaning out of a rear attic window. The fire started in the attic and stayed there. The first and second floors also have water damage.
She was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.
"We were able to do a lot of good salvage work in there, cover up a lot of the furniture and belongings of the people on the first and second floor so we were able to save a lot of their belongings," Ingersoll said.
The Fire Chief said two refugee families lived in the building. One family of eight children and two adults is being helped by the American Red Cross.
A volunteer said as upsetting as these situations are, it feels good to help.
"There's no better feeling than to be able to help somebody when they're in that situation, and certainly you hope that if you're ever in that position, somebody reaches out to you," said Jim White, an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team Member.
The American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter is accepting monetary donations for the victims.
Fire investigators don't know if there were any working smoke detectors yet. Officials are looking into the cause and possible code issues.
The Utica Fire Chief said the house can be repaired.