Troopers investigate fatal Brainardsville fire


Troopers investigate fatal Brainardsville fire

pBRAINARDSVILLE –– State police are investigating a fire that resulted in the death of a Brainardsville man early Saturday morning./ppStephen Harrigan, 53, died when he was apparently trapped in his burning home at 275 state Route 190, Franklin County Coroner Hubert Wilcox said. An autopsy to determine the cause of death had not yet been scheduled as of Sunday evening, Mr. Wilcox said./ppThe two-story house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 4 a.m., according to Chateaugay Fire Chief Matt Helm. Fire crews did what they could, but the house was destroyed, Mr. Helm said./ppMr. Helm declined to give details of the discovery of Mr. Harrigan’s body, referring all questions to state police investigators, who could not be reached Sunday night./ppMr. Wilcox said Mr. Harrigan was alone at the time of the fire. He had two children, but they were not in the house when the fire broke out, he said./ppWeather hampered the firefighting effort, Mr. Helm said. Wind gusts of 12 to 20 mph “kept feeding the fire,” he said, and snow and rain had made road conditions on the way to the blaze difficult, he said./ppNo firefighters were injured, Mr. Helm said. About 70 from 11 agencies from Franklin and Clinton counties and Quebec were involved, he said./ppMr. Harrigan was one of the owners of Harrigan Brothers Dairy and was well known in the community, Mr. Wilcox said, adding that he had been friends with the victim./ppThe house where the fire occurred was part of a small farm the brothers had recently purchased, Mr. Wilcox said. The main farm is about a mile from the scene, he said./p
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Troopers investigate fatal Brainardsville fire

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