92-year-old woman dies in Mount Vernon fire, 4 saved from flames

The victim's name has not yet been released, but investigators say it looks as though she may have died of heat and smoke inhalation.

News 12 Staff

Dec 9, 2020, 5:43 PM

Updated 1,285 days ago

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A fire took the life of a 92-year-old woman, and left a family homeless in Mount Vernon on Tuesday.
Fire officials say they got the call just before 5 p.m. and when crews arrived they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the house at 415 East Prospect Avenue.
The fire quickly went to a two-alarm as emergency crews worked to get everyone out of the house. News 12 is told this was a tough fire to fight. In addition to battling the flames and smoke, crews had to contend with very cold temperatures and water quickly turning surfaces to ice, making for very slippery conditions.
Despite that, fire officials say first responders were able to pull four people - three adults and a child out of the house.
Sadly, a 92-year-old woman located on the second floor died inside the home. The victim's name has not yet been released, but investigators say it looks as though she may have died of heat and smoke inhalation.
It took about an hour to get the fire under control. At least three firefighters were sent to the hospital with injuries but are expected to be OK. Several other people who were outside the house are also being treated for smoke inhalation.
Fire officials say conditions inside the house were dangerous making it hard on crews working to save everyone. "It was just tough to get into the house with the heavy volume of heat and smoke. Firefighters made a good push to get to the second floor to try to get to the victim," says Mount Vernon Deputy Fire Chief Ricky Montana.
Investigators tell News 12 the fire does not appear to be suspicious.


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