Woman, 77, Killed in Mount Vernon Fire

Officials said she was overcome by heat and smoke as she tried to leave.

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    Aerial view of Mount Vernon fire Tuesday

    A 77-year-old woman was killed and one person was treated for burns after a fire fully engulfed a multi-family home in Mount Vernon.

    The Journal News says the three-alarm fire on West Second Street was reported just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. It left 18 people homeless.

    Mount Vernon Fire Commissioner James Gleason says flames were shooting out of the first and second floors of the three-story building when firefighters arrived. The fire was brought under control several hours later.

    Fire officials said Wednesday morning that the 77-year-old had tried to escape when she was overcome by heat and smoke. Her body was found late Tuesday night near the staircase, the News said.

    Gleason says a 29-year-old neighbor was taken to a hospital for treatment of burns to his feet, arms and hands.

    The cause of the fire is being investigated.