WILTON, N.Y. - New York State Police have confirmed a man died after a fire broke out at his home on Sunshine Drive in Wilton on Saturday.
Police say the sole resident of the home, 62-year-old Emilio Jordan Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene. Jordan was confined to a wheelchair due to medical conditions, and received home health care on a regular basis.
The fire was discovered when a home health aide who arrived his home around 7 p.m. finding the home filled with smoke. The aide was only able to enter a short distance into the home before being forced out due to heavy smoke conditions and extreme heat.
Jordan shared the home with his dog which survived the fire and is being adopted by a concerned citizen, police say. NEWS CENTER learned the dog stayed next to his owner as long has he could during the fire, until it got to be too much and his tail was singed.
The cause and origin of the fire has not been determined, although police say it does not appear suspicious.
"There was a fire in the house and when I had gotten here about 8 o'clock the place was loaded with emergency medical technicians and fire department," said neighbor Chris Defalco.
On Sunday Defalco was heartbroken that he lost his neighbor.
"He was a nice man nice gentlemen you know he didn't bother anybody, and all we have to say is it's a sad thing has happened," said Defalco.
Wilton and Gansevoort Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene.
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is continuing to work the with Arson Investigation Team and State Fire to determine the cause and origin of the fire.