On Tuesday, November 8, Town of Newburgh Police responded to a residence on Babes Lane, in the Town of Newburgh, for the report of a house fire.
Police arrived to find one of the five occupants had not emerged from the house safely. Unfortunately, this victim succumbed to the fire and smoke. Michael Gida, 64, was transported to Montifiore St Lukes Cornwall Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Two other family members were also transported to the hospital, where they were receiving treatment for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Town of Newburgh Police were assisted by Middlehope Fire Department, Cronomer Valley Fire Department, Mobile Life Services, NYS Police and Town of Newburgh Fire Inspectors. At this time, the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but, according to town police, it does not appear suspicious.