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Fatal fire in Mayfield kills one

Autopsy scheduled, victim unidentified

MAYFIELD — A fully-involved fire Tuesday morning that prevented firefighters from rescue attempts took the life of an individual and damaged a nearby home.

The home at 157 Woodland Ave., Mayfield was destroyed in the early-morning blaze.

At approximately 12:10 a.m. Fulton County Dispatch received the calls reporting the fire. The Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and promptly responded under the direction of Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Marshall. Broadalbin Volunteer Fire Department was brought to the scene as mutual aid and manpower. Also at the scene were the ambulance service, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Fulton County Fire Coordinator Office.

Fire Coordinator Steve Santa Maria said the two-story, wood frame structure was fully involved in the fire when the fire company arrived.

When fire crews arrived at the scene and began extinguishment efforts they were informed that there may have been an occupant still inside the building, but because of the danger of the heavy fire, heat and smoke, it was not safe to begin an interior search and rescue operation.

“The structure began to collapse minutes upon arrival which made it difficult to search inside the building,” Santa Maria said.

Santa Maria said fire crews did a good job containing the fire. He said there was no damage to the structure at 155 Woodland Ave., and there was minimal damage to 159 Woodland Ave. Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control within approximately an hour. Once the fire was under control, firefighters were able to search inside and locate the fire victim. The County Coroner Margaret Luck responded to the scene and the victim was removed and transported.

Santa Maria said the name of the victim is still unknown and there will be an autopsy scheduled later today.

Santa Maria said the cause of the fire is also unknown at this time and remains under investigation by the Fulton County Fire Investigation Team, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

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