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Fire victims identified, cause accidental

MAYFIELD — The names of the two town women badly burned in Sunday’s mobile home fire were released Monday. The fire victims were listed initially in serious condition at a Syracuse burn center.

A state police news release identified the two burn victims and residents of the burned 434 Nine Mile Tree Road mobile home as 57-year-old Kelly S. Fancher and her mother, 78-year-old Sally A. Stanton.

State police Trooper Kerra Burns, public information officer in Latham, said today the women were attempting to light a propane stove that had gone out when it exploded.

Both women were listed in serious condition initially at the Syracuse Upstate Medical Center. Their conditions were unavailable this morning.

State police say preliminary investigation suggests that the fire was accidental, caused by the small cooking appliance.

Burns indicated no charges have been filed stemming from the fire.

The Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department was lead agency in the fire, which broke out at 9:19 a.m. Sunday. State police is the lead investigating agency in the fire, which is being investigated by the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

The release said that troopers and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the residential fire.

State police said Fancher had exited the home and was immediately transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital by private vehicle prior to the patrols’ arrival.

Upon arrival, responding units observed the front of a mobile home fully engulfed in flames, and were informed by onlookers that a woman was trapped inside. Police entered the home and removed Stanton. Troopers Russell Dennie, Ronald Dacre, and Fulton County sheriff’s Corporal Robert Furman were the first to arrive on scene, and found the front of the residence engulfed in flames. They were advised by onlookers that the home was occupied by two females, and that there had been an explosion inside the residence.

Dennie, Dacre and Furman saved Stanton, troopers said. The patrols ran to the rear of the residence and were able to gain entry. Stanton was located in the kitchen and in obvious distress. She was carried from the residence and treated at the scene by Fulton County EMS before being transported by LifeNet to Syracuse Upstate Medical Center.

After initial treatment locally, Fancher was also transported to Syracuse Upstate Medical Center.

Passersby and employees at the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society — across the road — initially reported an explosion sound from the structure that occurred Sunday morning.

According to a news release issued by Fulton County Emergency Management Director / Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria, all four dogs that lived at the mobile home were recovered. They were treated at the humane society.

The fire remains under investigation by the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the Fulton County Fire Investigation Team.

In addition to the Mayfield fire company, the following agencies provided assistance at the scene: Broadalbin-Kenyetto Volunteer Fire Department; Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department; Fulton County Emergency Management Office; Fulton County deputy fire coordinators; Fulton County Fire Investigation Team; Fulton County EMS coordinator; state Office of Fire Prevention and Control; and several members from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department..

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday said it will consider recognizing the three men who saved the two fire victims from the burning structure.

Johnstown 1st Ward Supervisor Richard Handy brought up the possibility of honoring Furman, Dennie and Dacre and EMS, in general.

“There were a couple ladies that were saved,” Handy noted.

He said police, fire and all the volunteers “did another wonderful job” in the face of emergency and tragedy.

“I think this board should recognize them more than we do,” Handy said.

Board Chairman Jack Wilson added about police, fire and EMS, “They do an awesome job for us.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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