FORT EDWARD — A Fort Edward man was hospitalized with critical injuries after he was rescued from his burning home on East Street late Thursday.
The fire was reported at 11:53 p.m. Thursday at 98 East St., a two-story, two-family apartment building, with entrapment of an occupant reported.
Fort Edward firefighters and a Fort Edward police officer rescued a man who was then transported to Glens Falls Hospital, and Fort Edward Fire Chief Matt Hurlburt said his injuries were considered critical. His condition was not available from the hospital later Friday.
He was transported to Westchester County Medical Center’s burn unit via ambulance, as a helicopter was unable to fly because of high winds.
He was identified as Gary M. Harrington, 38, who lived in the apartment.
Hurlburt said Fort Edward firefighter Tyler Brockway went into the burning building to search for the resident, and he was able to pull the semiconscious resident almost all the way out. Fort Edward Police Sgt. Dean Watkins then went in to help get the man out the rest of the way, according to the chief.
Fort Edward firefighters remained on scene until 6:30 a.m., and East Street was reopened at that point.
Hurlburt said the fire began in the kitchen, but how remained to be determined. There was no indication it was suspicious.
“It’s under investigation until we can talk to him (Harrington),” the chief said.
The building was believed to be salvageable but will need extensive repairs.
“They identified it started in the kitchen but the exact cause is still under investigation,” Fort Edward Police Chief Justin Derway said. “The fire department had a phenomenal stop (of the fire).”
Hurlburt said the first crew to get to the scene was an experienced group that was able to quickly get water on the building and attack the fire very effectively, despite wind and harsh cold.
Hurlburt said he understood that Harrington lived alone in the first-floor apartment, while two people lived upstairs. They evacuated without injuries.
The American Red Cross said volunteers assisted two adults and a 7-year-old child with financial assistance to help them after they were displaced due to the fire.
Firefighters from South Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, South Queensbury and Kingsbury provided mutual aid. The Washington County Department of Public Safety assisted at the scene as well.