An apartment building fire
in downtown Plattsburgh left a college student with serious burns.
Flames poured out of the
second and third stories of the apartment building on Couch Street early Friday
morning, trapping a 21-year-old student.
"She got burned
really bad on the third floor and she's not doing well," said John Carlo
Pecora, a witness.
Plattsburgh Police say
Alexa Limato was clinging to a window as fire crews rushed to get a ladder to
"We laddered the
building, she couldn't hold on anymore. She fell back into the inside of the
structure. My guys went in, we pulled her out, and got her to the ground to
transport her," Plattsburgh Assistant Fire Chief Remy Stone said.
Limato was taken to the
hospital in Plattsburgh, and then airlifted to a special burn center in
Syracuse. She's in serious condition.
Everyone else escaped the
eight-unit building unharmed.
"It appears now that
the fire started in an apartment on the second floor," Plattsburgh Police
Sgt. Brad Kiroy said.
By Friday afternoon,
investigators determined faulty wiring ignited the blaze.
The Red Cross and
Plattsburgh State University are helping 11 people displaced by the fire find
temporary housing-- seven are students.
Alex Bender says he's
lucky his girlfriend smelled smoke.
"So, I told her to
get out of the house and then I went and woke up my roommate and we all got
out," Bender said. "And as my roommate was getting out, the whole
building went up in flames."
Plattsburgh State is also
helping students displaced by that fire get meals, new textbooks and school
The school's president,
John Ettling, issued a statement saying, "Our hearts are with her and her
family as she struggles to recover from her injuries."
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