05 October 2020

Acting Major Todd O. Stratton
Troop C Commander


On October 4, 2020 at approximately 5:28 a.m., New York State Police at Richfield Springs responded to a report of a structure fire with an entrapment at a residence on Jones Road in the town of Otsego. 

A 39-year-old male, 32-year-old female and three children were able to escape the residence unharmed.  The male returned to the residence to assist a 77-year-old male out of the home.  Life saving measures were performed at the scene and the 77-year-old male was transported by Cooperstown EMS to Bassett Hospital where he died. 

The two adults and three children are being assisted by the Red Cross.  Five cats and one dog were taken to a local veterinarian. 

Cooperstown Fire Department, Richfield Springs Fire Department, Schuyler Lake Fire Department, Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Hartwick Fire Department, Hartwick Seminary Fire Department, Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department and West Edmeston Fire Department responded to the scene.  Mount Vision Fire Company, Springfield Center Volunteer Fire Department, Leonardsville Volunteer Fire Company, Pittsfield Fire Department were all on stand-by.  Troopers assisted EMS and Fire with scene security during the fire. 

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control responded to the scene.    The cause of the fire is under investigation, no foul play is suspected. 


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