Scotia Police: Man dies in early Tuesday fire

The fire was called in just after 3:30 a.m., police say
The scene Tuesday
The scene Tuesday

Categories: News, Schenectady County

SCOTIA – A 41-year-old Scotia man died in a Tuesday morning fire at his apartment building, police said.

The cause of the fire and of the man’s death remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon, but neither the man’s death nor the fire appeared suspicious, police said.

A police sergeant also suffered smoke inhalation responding and was treated at Ellis Hospital and released a short time later in good condition, police said.

Police identified the resident who died as Timothy Harpster, 41, a resident of the fire damaged apartment, apartment 301, 11 N. Ten Broeck St.

Firefighters and police arrived quickly, evacuated the building and firefighters and the police sergeant got the man out of the apartment, but Harpster died at the scene, Scotia Police Chief Daniel Harrigan said. 

The fire call came in just after 3:30 a.m. for a fire on the third floor of the building. Firefighters contained much of the fire damage to the apartment. Officials were assessing the damage to the other parts of the building.

The building housed 14 apartments in all. The Red Cross responded and assisted six adults and two children, ages 4 and 5, the organization said.

Harrigan commended both the Fire and Police departments for their response. Both departments are about a block from the scene.

The Scotia Police Department is working jointly on the investigation with Schenectady County fire investigators.

Tuesday morning’s fatal fire happened nearly six years after another fatal fire at 11 N. Ten Broeck St. A fire there June 26, 2014, claimed the life woman who lived there.



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