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1 person dead in early morning Rodman fire

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 5:26 AM EDT
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RODMAN, New York (WWNY) - Authorities have yet to release the name of the person who died in a fire in the town of Rodman early Monday morning.

The call came in just before 2 a.m. to a home at 26041 County Route 69.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies say the home was engulfed by flames when they, state police, and Rodman firefighters arrived. They say the homeowner was unaccounted for.

“When I arrived on scene, there...wasn’t much left of the trailer,” said Rodman Fire Chief Joshua Main.

Rodman, Adams Center, and Rutland fire departments responded to the call. Officials say the fire was mostly out within a half hour of crews arriving.

“Crews made a quick attack - exterior attack on the fire and contained it and held it to the original building,” said Joe Plummer, director of Jefferson County Fire and Emergency Management.

It wasn’t until later that a body was discovered in the home’s rubble. Plummer says there was a car in the driveway - a sign that someone might be inside.

“But, didn’t have confirmation until we were able to locate the subject,” he said.

Main says fatal fires in the Rodman area are extremely rare.

“You get your normal EMS calls or car-deer call, but nothing to this extent,” he said.

Main says this fire required longer hours. Even though the fire was put out quickly, crews stuck around for about 8 or 9 hours because of the investigation, much longer than usual for a structure fire.

The county’s Office of Fire and Emergency Management and state fire investigators are working to determine a cause.

As of late Monday afternoon, officials were still waiting to release the name of the person who died. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday and they are still notifying the person’s family.

Jefferson County fire officials and sheriff's deputies are investigating an early morning fire...
Jefferson County fire officials and sheriff's deputies are investigating an early morning fire in the town of Rodman that left one person dead.(WWNY)

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