Elderly man critically injured in fire; airlifted to hospital

According to Mid-Hudson News, TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Arlington firefighters responded to a report of a house fire on Hooker Avenue Tuesday morning and located a victim in critical condition. The elderly victim was injured during a fire in the kitchen and subsequently airlifted to Westchester Medical Center.

Arlington Fire Department Chief Bill Steenbergh told Mid-Hudson News that his department, joined by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police and Mobile Life Support Services responded to the Hooker Avenue residence at approximately 8:40 a.m. for a report of a fire in the dwelling.

Upon arrival, firefighters were advised that neighbors had worked to remove the resident from the kitchen where the fire had originated.

The man had sustained life-threatening burns, was triaged at the scene and transported to the Vassar College athletic field on Brewer Lane where he was transferred to a LifeNet helicopter for transport to Westchester Medical Center for treatment. At the time, the man was considered to be in critical condition.

Chief Steenbergh said the fire was extinguished and his department was investigating the cause of the fire.

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