MALONE — Pam Taylor died in a room on the second floor of her burning home at 20 South St. in Malone early Tuesday morning.
As of late afternoon, Malone Village Police had no word on the condition of her 19-year-old son, who suffered severe burns, or her boyfriend, who was hospitalized with smoke inhalation.
Sgt. Robert Fountain and Officer William Martin helped the men from the home, Police Chief Chris Premo said.
“Our officers happened to be fueling up the patrol car at the Department of Public Works,” he said, “and saw some kind of a fire.”
The DPW facility is on College Street, maybe a quarter of a mile away from 20 South.
Fountain and Martin rushed to the residence, arriving first, and found Taylor’s boyfriend on the porch.
Then her son made his way out of the house with their assistance, Premo said.
“It was pretty much fully involved at the time,” he said of the fire.
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Someone in the home had called 911 call to report the fire at 4:23 a.m. Franklin County Fire Coordinator Ricky Provost said.
Fast-moving flames were engulfing the structure on both floors as the first firefighters arrived six minutes later, just a few minutes after the police officers.
“Bystanders reported several victims trapped within the structure,” a police press release said, and several attempts were made to enter the home to find them.
Bitterly cold temperatures hampered the firefighting effort, Malone Callfiremen Chief Paul Langdon said, noting the temperature hovered below zero.
Flames licked at the homes on either side of Taylor’s house.
An elderly woman was evacuated from one of them. That structure and an unoccupied home on the other side suffered some minor exterior damage, the fire chief said.
Two vehicles parked at the Taylor residence were destroyed by the fire.