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Homeowner confirmed dead in Washington Avenue fire

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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media A firefighter climbs the ladder truck to access the fire on the home's top floor.
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    Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media Numerous fire departments and ambulance companies were on the scene of a major structure fire on Washington Avenue in the village of Coxsackie on Saturday.
December 9, 2018 11:15 am

COXSACKIE — One man has been confirmed dead and a woman was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation at a major structure fire on Washington Avenue in Coxsackie Saturday night.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 7:04 p.m. at 53 Washington Ave., Coxsackie Fire Chief Shawn Burdick said Sunday morning.

The homeowner was pronounced dead at the scene, Burdick said.

Details on the victims have not been released at this time.

“His wife was pulled out by two passersby,” Burdick said.

The woman was transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

A ladder truck from the Athens Volunteer Fire Department was used to gain access to the building’s top floor, where the fire was focused.

The house is considered a total loss, Burdick said.

“The first and second floor have severe water damage,” Burdick said. “The fire was contained to the third floor, a finished attic space.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Burdick said.

The teams fought the blaze and investigated the fire until about 3:30 a.m., Burdick noted.

Coxsackie, Earlton, West Athens, New Baltimore, Greenville, Medway-Grapeville, Athens, Catskill and Hudson fire departments responded to the scene, as well as several ambulance companies.

Check back for more on this developing story.