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1 dead after fire in Saratoga County

1 dead after fire in Saratoga County

Pronounced dead at hospital
1 dead after fire in Saratoga County
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NORTHUMBERLAND — A man died and authorities are investigating after a home caught fire Sunday night, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office.

Edward R. Wilusz, 63, was pulled from the home at 307 Rugg Road by firefighters who found him unresponsive inside upon arriving at the scene, according to the police report.

“They responded and made entry, and they immediately found the victim unresponsive on the floor,” Lt. Patrick Maswich said.

Firefighters removed Wilusz from the home and tried to revive him with CPR before turning him over to EMS crews, Maswich said. He was then taken to Saratoga Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The fire was smoldering when crews arrived, and there were no flames coming from the roof or other areas of the house, Maswich said.

He said there was no significant structural damage to the house, but there was smoke and water damage.

The fire, which was called in at 10:22 p.m., was still being investigated by the county Cause and Origin Team and the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division.

“At this point, it doesn’t appear to be any type of foul play or anything suspicious about the fire,” Maswich said.

Responding firefighters also found a dog in the breezeway between the house and the garage; they rescued the animal, he said.

In addition to sheriff's deputies and Northumberland firefighters, emergency responders from Northumberland EMS, Schuylerville Fire Department, Gansevoort Fire Department, General Schuyler EMS, Wilton EMS and Malta-Stillwater EMS responded to the scene, police said.

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