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Woman killed in Malone fire

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MALONE, N.Y. -

Flames engulfed a home in Malone Tuesday morning. Officials say a woman died and a man had to be rescued from the roof of the burning building.

"The house was totally engulfed in flames, huge flames," said Judy Karleskent of Malone.

Karleskent couldn't believe what she was seeing next door-- her neighbor's home in flames. Police and fire crews responded to a 911 call at the home on South Street in Malone. The caller said their family's home was on fire.

"I was here within six minutes. We had two of the victims out, and unfortunately we believe one of the victims was still inside," Malone Callfiremen Chief Paul Langdon said.

After dousing the flames, firefighters discovered a woman's body inside. The victim's boyfriend and son, who also lived there, managed to escape.

"One male patient that came off the roof had, we believe to be minor injuries at this time. The younger, 19-year-old patient that came out is now in Fletcher Allen in ICU. He sustained some burns and they're doing some airway management," Langdon said.

Fire crews were able to stop the blaze from causing too much damage to other homes. Residents living next door ran out of the house after flames scorched the siding and found safety across the street.

"They had no coats on and no boots, they were in slippers, and so we had the firemen bring them in the house here... with numerous animals they were caring for with them," Karleskent said.

Authorities declined to identify the victims of the fire and say they believe the cause of the fire is accidental.

"At this time the fire's under investigation," Langdon said. "We don't really have reason to believe it's suspicious in any nature. It appears just to be an unfortunate matter at this point."

The older male was rescued off the burning roof by state police, and the 19-year-old man was airlifted to Fletcher Allen in Burlington; officials say 15 percent of his body is burned. Both are being treated for smoke inhalation.

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