A structure fire was reported at 37 E Clark St in Ilion at approximately 5:20 pm and spread to 39 E Clark St.

According to witnesses – it started in the second-floor apartment at the multi-family dwelling at 37 E Clark St. Gas pumps at Stewarts have been turned off. Water pressure is low or off in the area. 50-60 emergency personnel are on the scene. Ilion, East Herkimer, Mohawk, Herkimer, German Flats, and MOVAC.

According to chief Andy Vandawalker – the large apartment building in which the fire began is 33/35. (There is no house 37) Wind and proximity caused the fire to spread to house 39. The fire began in the upstairs, righthand (east side) apartment.

There are four apartments in one building, and house 39 is a single-family unit. The Red Cross is assisting those displaced. The cause is still under investigation. From deputy chief Andy Monohan – 13 people have been displaced: 9 adults and 4 children.

Photo credit Tracey King, Don Albin & John Arsenault Rivenburg.