Police: Man severely burned in suspicious Stillwater fire

STILLWATER, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Stillwater man was flown to the burn unit in Central New York following an early morning fire.

The call for the fire came in at 2:33 a.m. Monday. Neighbors reported seeing heavy flames shooting through the roof of the three-unit apartment building on Clinton Court.

First responders assisted in evacuating residents. Saratoga County fire investigators spent much of the morning sifting through the top floor where they believe the fire started.

When they arrived on scene, firefighters said the 63-year-old male resident of the unit appeared disoriented and tried to make his way back into the burning building.

“The downstairs people heard the smoke alarm going off,” Stillwater Fire Chief Jeff Mahar said. “They called the homeowner. He came over and found him on the stairs going up to the apartment. He was trying to go back upstairs to the apartment, and they stopped him. He was disoriented, so obviously, he took in a little smoke.”

The man suffered severe burns and was taken to Albany Medical Center. He has since been flown to the Central New York Burn Unit in Syracuse for smoke inhalation and burns to his back.

No other injuries were reported.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is treating the fire as suspicious. It remains under investigation.


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