Woman dies in Hudson Falls fire

September 06, 2017 05:41 PM

HUDSON FALLS - Fire broke out a home on North Street in Hudson Falls early Wednesday morning. Two people were stuck inside. One was rescued but one woman, 19-year-old Ashley Elizabeth Coltrain, did not survive. Police say she is the one who called in the fire, but it's unclear why she stayed in the home after the call.

The call came in at 4:50 a.m. for a fully involved structure fire at 11 North Street in Hudson Falls. Police arrived first, followed by Fire Chief Mike Fitzgerald. They say flames were coming out both front windows on the second floor and there was a man on the roof, screaming for help and telling firefighters and neighbors that there was a woman still inside.

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Neighbors Duane Charland and Roger Passino grabbed a ladder to help first responders get Coltrain's boyfriend, Derrick Guilder, off the roof. However, but they couldn't get to Coltrain.

WEB EXTRA: Body cam footage from Hudson Falls fire (Courtesy: Washington County Sheriff's Department)

"The flames were coming out both front windows at the time. He was hollering that she was still inside the right part of the house. The firetruck was on the scene immediately. They laddered that second story and went and could not find her in the first sweep," explained Fitzgerald.

He says they were impeded by furniture and interior doors in a home, which he described as "cut up funny."

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries. They include a cut thumb, a tweaked back, smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.

Investigators haven't said what caused the fire. Guilder was taken to the hospital with injuries that aren't considered life-threatening.

In what can only be described as a horrible tragedy, Coltrain, the woman who was killed, lost her mom suddenly about a week and a half ago to a heart attack at the age of 40.


WNYT Staff

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