Authorities investigate fatal Deferiet fire

WWNY Authorities investigate fatal Deferiet fire

DEFERIET, N.Y. (WWNY) - One person is dead following a fire in Deferiet Thursday.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies say fire and rescue crews were called to 88 Riverside Drive around 4:30 p.m.

A detached garage was engulfed by flames.

Firefighters discovered a man’s body in the garage after they put the fire out. Friday evening, officials identified the victim as 53 year old Sean Brown, who lived at that address.

Brown’s death was determined to be “asphyxiation due to products of combustion.”

State fire investigators were called in to help determine a cause.

Two dogs found at the scene were turned over to the town of Wilna dog warden.

Power was out to nearby homes for a time, but according to National Grid’s website, has since been restored.

Assisting were fire departments from Deferiet, Natural Bridge, Great Bend, Carthage, West Carthage, North Pole, and Fort Drum.

Also assisting were Carthage Ambulance, Natural Bridge Ambulance, West Carthage Police, Cleveland Services, and the county’s Medical Examiner’s Office.

“I have to pay homage to the fire departments that worked so incredibly hard...and the police and everybody who was involved and the investigators that came last night. It was so cold and no one knows how hard they really worked,” said Village Mayor Janet Zando.

Zando lives right across the street from the fire scene.

“It started out with a lot of smoke before the flames started and then when it started to be engulfed, it really went pretty fast,” she said.

Zando worried the flames would reach her house, too.

“In fact, I have to check my garage today to see if any of the siding melted. But, it was extremely hot. In my own lawn, I could feel it,” she said.

And while crews worked to put the blaze out, Zando says neighbors made sure to have each others backs.

“One of my neighbors is 86 years old. My next door neighbor is 91, who stayed in her own house last night because she wouldn’t leave. And, we were actually checking up on them, going from house to house to check on them and make sure that their kids knew that they were okay,” she said.

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