New­burgh woman dies in 1 of 5 fires in re­gion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

A New­burgh woman died Fri­day in a fire that de­stroyed her home on Oak Street, po­lice said Satur­day.

A town woman died Fri­day af­ter­noon in a fire that de­stroyed her home on Oak Street in the Mid­dle Hope Fire Dis­trict, po­lice said Satur­day.

The fire was the fifth re­ported in the re­gion since Wed­nes­day and the only one in­volv­ing a ca­su­alty.

The name and age of the woman who died at 133 Oak St. were not pro­vided pend­ing an au­topsy Mon­day. She was found on the sec­ond level of a two-story res­i­dence, town po­lice Lt. James Nenni said. The fire was re­ported at about 3 p.m. Fri­day.

Nenni said the Oak Street fire is not con­sid­ered sus­pi­cious and in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve it started in an at­tached garage.

The blaze re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by town of New­burgh fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors, ac­cord­ing to po­lice de­tec­tives and the Orange County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice.

The house was “pretty much de­stroyed,” Nenni said.

He said five fire de­part­ments joined in the fire­fight­ing ef­fort.

Since Wed­nes­day, res­i­den­tial fires have been re­ported by fire of­fi­cials and the Mid-Hud­son Val­ley Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross Thurs­day on Ohayo Moun­tain Road in Wood­stock, Fri­day morn­ing on Look­out Farm Road in Na­panoch, and on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day at a mo­bile home on Mad­dox Road in Wawars­ing and C.E. Penny Drive in Wal­lkill.

Ac­cord­ing to the Red Cross and As­sis­tant Chief Rich Thorpe of the Na­panoch Fire De­part­ment, fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for shel­ter, food and cloth­ing was pro­vided to two adults and four chil­dren, ages 3, 4, 7 and 13 at 34 Look­out Farm Road in Na­panoch.

Thorpe said the fire was re­ported at 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day and the Look­out Farm Road res­i­dence and a ve­hi­cle parked in an ad­ja­cent drive­way were fully aflame when fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

Thorpe said ev­ery­body was out of the house when fire­fight­ers ar­rived, but “there was ab­so­lutely noth­ing left.”

Thorpe thanked fire­fight­ers from El­lenville, Ker­honk­son, Cragsmoor, Ac­cord, Walker Val­ley and Greenville for their as­sis­tance, along with El­lenville Res­cue.

On Mad­dox Road in the El­lenville Fire Dis­trict, Thorpe said Na­panoch fire­fight­ers as­sisted at a res­i­den­tial fire that was caused by a gen­er­a­tor be­ing run in an at­tached garage.

He said the gen­er­a­tor was be­ing used be­cause of a lo­cal power out­age.

Thorpe called the fire­fight­ing ef­fort “a good stop.”

He said the fire ex­tended into the house but was quickly con­trolled.

Thorpe said there may have been two adults and two chil­dren liv­ing in the house, but no one was in­jured.

Fire of­fi­cials in the town of New­burgh, Wood­stock, and Wal­lkill did not re­spond to re­quests for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

All Red Cross as­sis­tance is pro­vided free of charge and is made pos­si­ble by do­na­tions.

To do­nate to Red Cross Dis­as­ter Relief, visit www. red­cross.org or call (800) RED-CROSS.

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