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A fire in Newburgh quickly became out of control and turned deadly Saturday morning. Our Michael Howard has the story.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- A neighborhood left stunned Saturday after a fire ripped through a home late Friday night.
"We just heard a whole bunch of screaming," said neighbor Victor Morales.
Morales says he looked out his window and saw the home on DuPont Avenue up in flames.
"We saw the lady jumping out of the window," Morales said.
Morales says he found 55-year-old Debra Smith lying on the ground.
"There was smoke all the way to Broadway when we were responding, so we knew it was a bad fire," said Newburgh Assistant Fire Chief Ed Petricek.
Fire crews say the home was engulfed in flames when they arrived. It quickly became a two alarm fire, with flames so intense that they melted the siding off of a neighboring home.
Petricek said, "We did aggressive searches on the first floor, but was pushed out of the first floor by heavy fire conditions and went on to the second floor, where they located another victim, tried CPR, but he later died."
Family says that man is 82-year-old Alfred Smith. His daughter, Debra Smith, who jumped out of that second floor window, was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center.
"This was a little too close for comfort," neighbor Nancy Coen said. "It was scary."
Neighbors now are just trying to come to terms with what happened.
Morales said, "It was amazing. These are things you see on Tv and I can’t believe it was real."
Fire officials are ruling the fire accidental and they say the home has been cited in the past for numerous fire code violations.