Thursday, December 6, 2018



Fatal Poughkeepsie fire caused by candles

The cause of the fatal fire has been determined to be accidential, caused by candles

POUGHKEEPSIE – The fire that claimed four lives in a vacant house at 61 Academy Street in Poughkeepsie was caused by candles burning in a bathroom, City Fire Chief Mark Johnson said Wednesday.

He said remnants of a large glass encased candle along with the remains of several tea-light candles and several used lighters were found in a bathroom by investigators from the fire department and Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson said all four victims had soot in their lungs meaning they were alive when the fire started. That, the chief said, dispels the notions that the fire was started in order to mask another crime.

Demolition of the building is expected to start today.



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