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Massive Coxsackie fire leaves one dead

December 10, 2018 08:39 AM

COXSACKIE- Massive orange flames consumed a Washington Avenue home of well known Coxsackie couple Larry and Vicki Connolly. 

"I tried closing my eyes, memorizing how the stairs went. I tried calling Larry's name. My heart goes out to the wife. My heart goes out to the family," said Edward Coleman, a member of J.B. Hunt Transport Services. 

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Two delivery drivers for J.B. Hunt just happened to be in the area when they saw the smoke seeping from the house Saturday night. Them, along with neighbors tried several times to get to 74-year old Larry Connolly before firefighters arrived. 

"We grabbed Vicki off of the steps, we know Larry was still up there so we just did whatever we could to get him out but we couldn't do anything because the smoke was so bad" said neighbor Mike McHale. 

The county Coroner says Larry didn't make it. Neighbors say they'll remember Larry as a pillar of the community. 

“He was always coming over with petitions for my dad to sign. He was quite a character see him drive around town in the Prius, very sad he was a good man" said his neighbor Jonathan Baxter. 

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Jill Konopka

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