MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - An early morning house fire on Sunday took the life of a Mahopac man.
Mahopac Falls Fire Department was called to the home at 10 Foxey Lane just after 3:30 a.m. for “a possible fire in the residence with an occupant unable to exit.”
Carmel police said that firefighters located the victim in the rear bedroom of the ranch-style house and removed him from the residence. Members of the Mahopac Falls EMS and a Putnam County paramedic from EMStar tried to revive the victim, who was identified as Richard J. Delaney Jr., but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:19 a.m.
Police said that the fire appears to have started in the kitchen, but the cause is still being investigated by the Putnam County Fire Investigation Team and the Carmel Police Detective Division.
Carmel Police Chief Mike Cazzari told Mahopac News that Delaney was in his late 30s and was an alumnus of Mahopac High School.
“He was a Mahopac kid,” the chief said.
Cazzari said it appeared that Delaney was cooking at the time when the fire broke out and he was unable to escape and likely retreated to a back bedroom. The chief said the home was owned by Delaney’s parents and he lived there with his brother, but he was the only one home at the time of the fire.
Though it appears Delaney succumbed to smoke inhalation, police said the official cause of death will be determined after an autopsy is performed.
Delaney’s neighbor told Fios 1 News that the family had lived in the house for a long time and called them “good people.”
Mahopac Falls firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly and kept it from spreading to the rest of the structure.