The Man's Daughter Was Hospitalized In Critical Condition

NEW YORK (AP) — An 82-year-old man is dead and his daughter is hospitalized after an intense fire destroyed their two-story wood house in the city of Newburgh.

The Times Herald-Record of Newburgh reports that firefighters battled intense flames to pull Alfred Smith from a second-floor bedroom shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday. But the man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Smith’s daughter, 40-year-old Debra Smith, was hospitalized in critical condition at the Westchester County Medical Center. His son, Frank Smith, was treated for smoke inhalation.

Newburgh Fire Capt. Mark Bethea said it took at least 25 city firefighters and 20 more mutual aid firefighters to knock down the raging fire.

Assistant Chief Ed Petricek said the cause has been ruled accidental and it started in a first-floor bedroom.

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