Saturday, February 9, 2019

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One dead in overnight Newburgh fire

(photo: Bob McCormick)

NEWBURGH – One person is dead following a fire at 6 ½ Farrington Street in the City of Newburgh.

The alarm was called in at 11:43 p.m. Friday and within two minutes city firefighters were on the scene of the multi-family, two-story residence. They were met by heavy fire showing from the front of the building.

Residents from the second floor reported an occupant from the first floor was unaccounted for. A search by firefighters located the resident who was dead. Ahlers did not say if the victim was male or female. An examination will determine the cause of death.

Chief Terry Ahlers said the fire was under control by 12:20 a.m. with the building sustaining fire and water damage on both floors making it unlivable.

There were no other injuries reported to civilians or firefighters.

The two-alarm fire brought out firefighters from West Point, Middle Hope and Air Guard fire departments along with off-duty Newburgh firefighters to man reserve equipment. Cronomer Valley and Vails Gate fire departments were on standby. City fire investigators and police were assisted by the Westchester County accelerant detection dog and the state Office of Fire Protection and control.

The investigation is continuing, but the fire appears to be accidental, Ahlers said.


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