Fire claims life of Montgomery County woman
January 08, 2019 12:28 PM
HAGAMAN – When the manager of the Pine Meadow Trailer Park shut off the water to Lot #2 Tuesday morning, more smoke from came pouring out. So he called firefighters back. They had wrapped up a few hours earlier after fighting what turned out to be a fatal fire.
Ramona Hall, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene Monday night, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffrey Smith.
"The trailer was pretty involved when we got on scene so we had to call in a couple of mutual aid companies,” said Adam Sandy of the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Dept. “I believe we had eight tankers on scene. Most tankers were bringing in 2,000 gallons of water at a time and you try to set it up so that you don't lose water."
With sub-zero conditions, the big concern was frozen lines from the pumpers that were rotated in. The closest hydrant was six miles away, Sandy said.
"I heard some popping noises when I was in my bedroom and I came outside to look what was going on,” said neighbor John Hubert. He and his wife moved into the park back in October. “And I just opened the door and I just saw the flames just shooting out of the trailer."
Besides Hagaman, mutual aid caome from Cranesville Vol. F.D., Ft. Johnson Vol. F.D., Perth Vol. F.D., Galway Vol. F.D. and West Charleton Vol. F.D. The Sheriff’s, Montgomery County Emergency Services, the Fire Coordinator and NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control also assisted.
"Not knowing if there was somebody or not and then finding out there was, it's horrible,” said Hubert. “I feel sorry for the family. My condolences to the family."
The fire broke out around 6:15 p.m. Hall’s daughter had been visiting and left a short time before, investigators said.
Created: January 08, 2019 12:28 PM
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