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'Suspicious' Port Jervis fire kills one, injures one

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Albany/HV: 'Suspicious' Port Jervis fire kills one, injures one
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A woman is killed in a fire on Port Jervis' Mountain Avenue. As YNN's Christian Farrell reports, fire investigators are treating the area as a crime scene, trying to figure out just what happened.

PORT JERVIS, N.Y. - Late Tuesday afternoon firefighters and state police investigators remain on the scene at Mountain Avenue in Port Jervis. Hours earlier firefighters discover the body of a middle aged woman inside this home after responding to a two-alarm fire.

"We have investigators inside the residence. They're doing a forensic examination. They're treating it as a crime scene," said Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden.

Taylor Talmadge lives across the street. She says she was alerted to the fire when a man knocked on her front door just before 11 a.m.

"He was pounding on it backwards. He had no shirt on or anything, so I wasn't sure who it was," said Talmadge.

Police would later identify the person as a 38-year-old man of 8 Mountain Avenue.

"His head looked all burnt up. His skin is actually on my door and everything," said Talmadge.

While there are plenty of unanswered questions, one thing authorities have been able to confirm is that the man who went looking for help was taken to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of the burns he did suffer. Although police say he is expected to survive.

Members of the Orange County District Attorney and Medical Examiner's Offices have also been brought in to assist with the investigation.

"We're not taking anything for granted at this point. We're going to be extremely thorough to get to the cause of this," said Worden.

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