A city woman severely burned when her Guy Park Avenue apartment caught fire on Saturday has died.
Katharyn Hazelton, 64, of 109 Guy Park Ave., died Tuesday morning at Westchester Medical Center.
Fire Chief Richard Liberti said firefighters heard reports of a woman still inside the building upon their arrival Saturday. After knocking down the fire, firefighters found Hazelton on the couch, Liberti said. They pulled her from the apartment around 10 p.m.
Hazelton was initially taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, but was transferred Sunday to the burn unit in Westchester County.
Hazelton’s longtime companion, Paul Oleksak, who shared the apartment, was uninjured in the blaze.
Liberti said the fire was thought to be accidental, but firefighters haven’t determined a cause.
Hazelton, who was born in Albany County and moved to the area in 1970, was retired, according her daughter Jacqueline Allen, of Amsterdam. Allen said Hazelton had worked as a nurse at Albany Medical Center. Hazelton’s obituary also said she was employed at Coleco, the Montgomery County Infirmary and Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.
Allen said her mother was “a bit of a recluse.”
Besides Allen, Hazelton is survived by three sons, Robert, of Amsterdam; Phillip, of Tribes Hill; and Ashley of Amsterdam; and nine grandchildren. Allen said a great-grandchild was also on the way.
Funeral services will be private, Allen said, through the Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave.
Instead of flowers, family members asked that donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House in care of the funeral home.
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