Aron Follman of Borough Park died of smoke inhalation in the blaze.
Follman’s mother, who was in the bungalow when the fire broke out, managed to remove her Two other children from the building. The bungalow, a double unit, housed two families and all members of the other family were evacuated safely. According to eyewitness reports, the fire is believed to have started in the master bedroom.
Hatzolah members were the first to respond to the emergency call, which came in at approximately 9:48 PM. Several Hatzolah members and a New York State trooper who were among the first to arrive on scene attempted to enter the burning building to search for possible victims, but all were forced to leave because of the severity of the blaze.
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The state trooper was one of several people, including two other Follman children, who were transported to the hospital.
A nearby electrical line also caught fire and video taken by one bystander as the fire trucks arrive on scene show the raging flames raging amid warnings of a live electrical wire. Volunteers from both the Liberty and the Swan Lake fire departments responded to the fire a few minutes after 10 PM.
Members of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, the Liberty building inspector are all currently on scene.