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Gloversville fire kills one, displaces four

March 21, 2013
Updated 9:01 p.m.
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Police and fire investigators survey the scene Thursday of a fatal Wednesday night fire that claimed the life of Donald E. Larimore, 41, at this home at 34 Fifth Ave. in Gloversville.
Police and fire investigators survey the scene Thursday of a fatal Wednesday night fire that claimed the life of Donald E. Larimore, 41, at this home at 34 Fifth Ave. in Gloversville.

— Fire tore through a Gloversville home Wednesday night, killing one man and injuring another.

Donald E. Larimore, 41, died from injuries suffered in the blaze and Marcus E. VanSlyke, 66, was injured, according to the Gloversville Police Department. Larimore was a guest and a longtime friend of VanSlyke’s.

Firefighters were alerted just after 9 p.m. Wednesday by a caller who said all five people inside the one-family house at 34 Fifth Ave. had escaped, according to a news release from Gloversville Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam. In fact, only four had gotten out.

VanSlyke was among those who escaped. He was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital by the Ambulance Service of Fulton County; the extent of his injuries was unclear Thursday.

According to the Fire Department, firefighters arrived about two minutes after the call came in and found flames coming out of first-floor windows and heavy smoke from the second floor. Firefighters entered the two-story house and found Larimore.

Larimore was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital, where he died from his injuries, according to the Fire Department. Next-door neighbor Kathleen Simon said Thursday that she and others in her house were forced out for about three hours while firefighters worked to contain the blaze. She said flames were pouring out of the house and she was concerned her home might catch fire, too. They stayed at a neighbor’s until they could return home, she said.

Simon said she’s aware of three children who lived in the burned-out home, aged 2, 4 and 12.

The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York on Thursday reported providing assistance.

The house sustained severe fire, smoke and water damage on both floors and in the attic.

An investigation into the cause was under way Thursday by the Gloversville Fire and Police departments and the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

Police declined to comment on the investigation late Thursday.

The firefighters’ efforts caused the roadway to ice over, and the city Public Works Department was called to the scene to salt it.

 
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