Hyde Park woman critical after early-morning fire rescue

A 52-year-old East Park resident is in critical condition after she was rescued from an early-morning fire at a cabin at 1088 Violet Ave., according to Hyde Park Police.

According to a police news release, officers responded at 3:06am to a reported structure fire at the address, and they found a cabin on fire and a woman lying on the ground outside. There was a neighbor attempting to put out the fire.

The unidentified woman, the sole occupant of the cabin, was taken St. Francis hospital by Northern Dutchess Paramedics with burns to the face, arms and chest. She was then transported to Westchester Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition, the police report said. The neighbor who rescued her, also unidentified, was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he was treated and released for smoke inhalation.

The neighbor reported hearing a noise outside his residence and when he looked out, he saw the cabin on fire, went to the cabin door and, getting no response to his knock, kicked in the door and found the woman unconscious. He pulled her outside and attempted to put out the fire, the police report said.

The fire is being investigated by the Hyde Park Fire Department and the Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division. Preliminary findings have determined that the fire appears to have started in the kitchen area and is not believed to be suspicious, the police report said.

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