HUDSON — State fire investigators spent the day Monday at the scene of a deadly blaze in Hudson.
Raba Akter, 46, of Hudson, was pronounced dead at Columbia Memorial Health on Sunday night, where she was taken after firefighters found her body during a search of her apartment at 33 Columbia St., Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said.
Details on the cause of death were not immediately available Monday.
Three other residents lived in the apartment. None of them were at home at the time of the fire. They will be staying elsewhere until repairs can be made, Hudson Fire Chief Anthony Demarco said Monday.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is being handled by the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Columbia County Cause and Origin Team and Hudson police, Demarco said.
The fire caused significant damage to the first and second floors of the building, Demarco said.
The Hudson Fire Department responded at about 8 p.m. to 33 Columbia St., after smoke was reported coming from the roof and windows of the building.
When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, they reported smoke coming from both the front and rear of the building, as well as the attic, Demarco said. Officials requested mutual-aid assistance from neighboring fire departments.
Firefighters fought the blaze inside the building and cut holes in the roof to ventilate the apartment and fight the fire from above, Demarco said.
The Hudson Department of Public Works was called to the scene to salt the streets, which had become slippery from ice caused by freezing water. The city code enforcement officer was called to the scene. National Grid responded to shut off electricity and gas to the apartment.
Parts of Columbia Street, First Street and Second Street were closed while firefighters worked.
Fire officials reported the blaze was out at 8:15 p.m. and then began checking to see if it had spread.
There were no reported injuries to firefighters, Demarco said.
Fire companies assisting at the fire scene or on standby were Greenport, Catskill, Claverack, Stuyvesant, Stottville, Germantown and the Columbia County Fire Coordinators office.
Hudson Police assisted at the scene and with traffic control.