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Colonie Police: Woman, 85, dies in weekend house fire

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COLONIE – A Colonie woman died in a weekend house fire, police said.

Mary Ann Zito, 85, a resident of the house at 10 Colleen Drive, was pulled from  the residence by arriving firefighters, but could not be revived.

The fire was called in just before 6 p.m. Saturday. Two residents arrived home to find a fire in the upstairs of the home, police said.

Responding Colonie police officers Aaron Hanley and Amanda Paris arrived to find the house full of smoke and they quickly learned another resident was still inside. The officers made several attempts to rescue the woman, but were unsuccessful due to the smoke and heat, police said.

Shaker Road-Loudonville, West Albany and Fuller Road fire departments responded and the initial crews were able to enter the home and find the woman. She was treated at the scene by Colonie EMS, but succumbed, police said.

The investigation determined the cause of the fire to be careless disposal of smoking related material, police said. The Colonie Fire Services Division investigated the cause with assistance of the Colonie Police Department’s Investigations Division. 

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