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Malone woman dies in house fire


MALONE — A 45-year-old Malone woman died in a fire that destroyed her home at 20 South St. early Tuesday.

The victim was identified as Pamela Taylor.

She died in her second-floor bedroom.

Ms. Taylor’s 19-year-old son, Jared Smith, and her boyfriend, whose name was not released, escaped the building. Mr. Smith suffered burns and was flown to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt. His condition was unavailable Tuesday night. Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend was treated at Alice Hyde Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

Two village police officers were filling their patrol car with gas at the Department of Public Works about 4:30 a.m. when they “saw a glow in the sky,” Police Chief Christopher J. Premo said.

Sgt. Robert Fountain and Officer William Martin drove to South Street to investigate and found the house engulfed in flames.

Mr. Smith ran from the house with obvious burns, and the officers helped him into their patrol car, Mr. Premo said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Taylor’s boyfriend was attempting to coax her out of the upstairs bedroom window onto the porch roof, the chief said.

The man made it out onto the porch roof and jumped onto a truck parked alongside the building.

The house was too engulfed for officers or firefighters to attempt a rescue, Mr. Premo said.

Ms. Taylor’s body was found in the second-floor bedroom after the fire was extinguished. She was pronounced dead by Franklin County Coroner Brian S. Langdon.

The fire was “fast moving” and involved all levels of the home, according to a news release from Malone and Franklin County authorities.

Two nearby vehicles were destroyed, and two adjacent buildings received minor fire damage.

The cause of the fire was undetermined Tuesday night. State Office of Fire Prevention and Control investigators were leading the inquiry.

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