Woman killed in Amsterdam fire

April 04, 2017 10:39 AM

AMSTERDAM - An afternoon house fire in Amsterdam left a young woman dead and a family grieving her loss. 

Fire officials say three people were inside when the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Monday at 79 Academy St. Two people managed to escape. Fire crews managed to pull the woman out of the home, but relatives say it was too late.

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Meanwhile, firefighters were battling heavy flames on the side of the home that spread from the first floor to the attic.

Once they learned someone could be trapped inside, they went in after the woman in her early 20s. She was found on the second floor. She was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital, but family members tell us she was burned on most of her body and died from her injuries.

They say the mother of three was pregnant. 

Amsterdam Fire Chief Michael Whitty says a neighbor helped rescue a young boy from the burning home before they arrived. He says,

"The gentleman across the street ran over there and actually had the kid, the young boy there, coaxed him to the window and the kid was able to jump out the window and he was able to catch the young boy," Whitty said.

The third person to escape the fire was a young girl.

The fire remains under investigation.


Nia Hamm

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