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Fatal fire in Hunter

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    Catskill Fire Department Firefighters comb through the remains of a townhouse at 13 Scribner Hollow Road in Hunter that was destroyed by a fire early Tuesday morning.
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    Catskill Fire Department Flames fully engulf a townhouse at 13 Scribner Hollow Road in Hunter early Monday morning. Jerry Meigs, 29, of Hunter was killed in the fire, state police said.
August 6, 2019 05:17 pm

Columbia-Greene Media

HUNTER — A man died in a fire that broke out early Tuesday morning at 13 Scribner Hollow Road, state police said.

Jerry Meigs, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of a fire that occurred Tuesday at about 6:44 a.m. at a townhouse at 13 Scribner Hollow Road, state police said.

Investigators were unable to enter the remains of the townhouse late Tuesday afternoon because of the danger from heavy damage, state police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said.

“We are waiting for it to be deemed safe by state fire and Greene County fire,” Nevel said. “We don’t want anything to collapse on the investigators.”

Nevel was unsure if anyone lived at the residence with Meigs or if any pets perished in the fire, he said.

“We don’t know yet where he was located during the fire or if he died from smoke inhalation,” Nevel said.

Cause of death, as well as the cause and origin of the fire, are being investigated, Nevel said.

Nevel did not know if the fire was considered suspicious.

Catskill Fire Department was among those assisting at the scene.

“The fire at Scribner Hollow was burning on two floors and the attic on arrival,” according to the department’s Facebook page. “The crew worked on and off for two hours with the mountaintop fire departments before more relief arrived.”

The unfortunate circumstances were a prime example of mutual aid working together, the department said.

“The mountaintop is fortunate to have some hard-working fire departments to serve it,” the Catskill Fire Department. “To have firefighters from the valley and mountain standing side by side working together shows what this county is all about. Fires like these are a tough pill to swallow even for the most hard-core firefighters. We extend our sympathies to those who’s lives were touched by this tragedy.”

State Police are being assisted by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Fire and Greene County Fire Investigation Teams. Catskill, Hunter, Tannersville, Haines Falls, Hensonville, Palenville and Centerville Cedar Grove Fire Departments responded to the scene. Hudson Fire Department sent a fire truck to Catskill to compensate for the need on the mountain top. This is an ongoing investigation.

Jerry Meigs is a friend and a force of goodwill and energy. Fortunately, his wife and their two young children were away. Also, fortunately, Rev. Karen Monk is on the Mountaintop. Services will be at the Methodist Church in Haines Falls next weekend. All of Jerry's energy and contributions are blessings.
Jerry Meigs is a friend. Everyone acknowledges him as a hugger, and he was. It's good that Rev. Karen Monk is available there, an expert in death counseling. Quite a good energy in Jerry. Odd that the fire only occurred in that unit but I'm told there was a lot of fire retardant between the units, but no sprinklers. Jerry is an extraordinary and excellent soul.