Cause of deadly fire in Orange still unknown

Franklin County

Officials are continuing to investigate Friday’s deadly fire in Orange.

According to the Orange Fire Department, at 8:12 a.m. firefighters were called to 43 West Main Street for a report of a fire.

When firefighters got to the residence they could see heavy smoke and flames coming out of the home.

Related: 1 dead, 1 hospitalized after Orange house fire

A man who had jumped from a second floor window informed firefighters that a woman was still inside on the first floor of the home. 

Firefighters made several attempts to go into the house, but were unable to due to the amount of smoke, fire, and a lack of protective gear.

When additional crews got to the residence, firefighters were able to get into the home and found the woman to be “non-viable.”

Orange Fire Chief James Young confirmed the death with 22News Friday that the woman died in the fire. 

The department said shortly after the woman was found, firefighters were ordered out of the home due to structural instability. 

Eventually, firefighters were able to put the fire out.

The man was taken to a hospital for fire-related injuries. 

The Department of Fire Services, state police with the Fire Marshal’s office, and the Northwestern DA’s office are all investigating the cause of the fire. 

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