Jan. 6, 2012
Structure Fire in New Haven Results in One Fatality
NEW HAVEN, NY - Fire fighters responded to a reported structure fire at 667 County Route 64 in the town of New Haven at 5:13 pm Thursday, Jan. 5.
Oswego County Fire Coordinator Donald Forbes said the two-story structure was fully involved in fire when fire fighters arrived at the scene. First reports were that the house was vacant but after New York State Police and Deputy Fire Coordinators attempted to locate the sole occupant, it was determined that he was in the residence at the time of the fire.
Firefighters from New Haven, Mexico, Scriba, Volney, Novelis, Parish, Central Square and Sandy Creek responded along with the County Mobile Cascade Unit.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Oswego County Fire Investigation Team, the New York State Police and the Oswego County District Attorney's Office. The fire is believed to be accidental and may have involved alternate heating and / or lighting appliances.
The name of the victim is not being released until the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office establishes a positive identification and cause of death.
County Fire Coordinator Forbes urges everyone to use extreme caution when operating alternate heating and lighting sources this winter. Alternate heating related equipment such as space heaters, kerosene heaters, woodstoves and chimneys as well as lanterns and candles can be very dangerous if not used safely.
In the last two months 12 structure fires have been caused by woodstoves or space heaters in Oswego County alone. Several families have been left homeless and have been assisted by the Red Cross.
"Proper installation, proper maintenance and good working smoke detectors can mean the difference between life or death," said Fire Coordinator Forbes.
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