An elderly disabled Amsterdam woman died from an accidental fire in her two-family home on Saturday morning despite her husband’s attempt to rescue her, according to Amsterdam Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Depasquale.
Depasquale said that firefighters arrived at 68 Bunn Street to find smoke coming from the first floor of the residence and the 76-year-old woman at the front door, where she had been dragged by her husband. The husband had returned to the house from the store around 10:30 a.m. and saw the fire. He tried to rescue his wife from the living room on the first floor, where the fire had started.
Firefighters removed the woman and began treatment from paramedics, who transported her to St. Mary's hospital. Depasquale said she was pronounced dead at the hospital and added that her cause of death had not been determined as of Saturday evening.
The fire was primarily limited to the living room and was contained by 10:42 a.m., he said. There was smoke damage to the first floor.
Depasquale said that the fire is under investigation, but added that there were no suspicious signs observed during the preliminary stages and appeared to be an accident. The second floor was vacant.
The victim's name was withheld by officials.