Pierrepont couple trapped in burning home die in Syracuse hospital

WWNY Pierrepont couple trapped in burning home die in Syracuse hospital

PIERREPONT, N.Y. (WWNY) - Two people have died at a Syracuse hospital, where they were taken after they were rescued from a raging fire in their town of Pierrepont home late Sunday night.

Two state troopers, a St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputy, and firefighters rescued 64-year-old Ricky Gollinger and 62-year-old Lena Gollinger from where they were trapped inside a front corner bedroom at 4545 County Route 24.

“It was fully engulfed,” Pierrepont Fire Chief Peter Hoyt said at the scene. “We were told that there was entrapment. They pulled the two residents out through the window. They were transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital.”

Officials said the two people suffered severe burns and were later transferred to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where they died from their injuries.

“Our hearts go out to the family. It’s a tragic loss,” said Matt Denner, St. Lawrence County Emergency Services director.

One sheriff’s deputy involved in the rescue was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, treated for smoke inhalation and released.

Two other adults and four children made it out of the home without injuries.

The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. and took several hours to put out.

While fire trucks were still en route to the scene, state troopers, sheriffs deputies and two firefighters arrived in their own vehicles.

“With any first responders, it comes almost automatic. They know they have a job to do and they just do it,” said Denner.

The one-story home was destroyed, but a nearby garage was saved.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. State police say there is no sign of foul play.

At the scene were fire departments from Pierrepont, Russell, Pyrites, Canton, Colton, and Hannawa Falls.

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