Newburgh cops credited with saving resident from burning building

(photo: Bob McCormick)

NEWBURGH – Police officers are credited with saving a man who was standing on the ledge of a third floor of a burning apartment building at 44 Farmington Street in the City of Newburgh late Saturday afternoon.

Officer Colt Genarelli was the first on the scene and saw the man on the ledge. Along with Officers Angel Lopez and Ryan Blair, Genarelli made entry to the building. They got to the second floor but were unable to gain access due to heavy smoke and fire.

As they left the building, they were able to take a first-floor resident out of the building.

Officer Genarelli

Officer Genarelli located a fire escape ladder on an adjoining building, climbed it, and helped the man trapped on the roof down to safety.

Newburgh city firefighters then arrived on the scene and took over fighting the fire until it was extinguished.

Officer Genarelli suffered minor injuries due to smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

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