One dead in Slingerlands apartment complex fire

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SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — One person was killed in an early morning fire at the Meadowbrook Apartments in Slingerlands, fire officials say.

The call for the fire came in around 2 a.m. on Thursday, June 13. When crews arrived, one building in the complex was halfway engulfed in flames.

Due to the building’s age, it was not equipped with sprinklers, fire officials said.

One resident said she woke to what she thought was the sound of loud rain. When she looked out her window, she instead saw bright flames and realized the sound was the crackling of flames. She quickly called 911 while her husband ran door-to-door, ringing doorbells and knocking on windows to alert their neighbors to the danger.

Residents in three separate apartment buildings in the complex were evacuated. Police say they are still working to locate all the complex’s residents. 

David M. Boggs, 64, died as a result of smoke inhalation. Two emergency responders also received minor injuries in the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though it does not appear to be criminal, officials said.

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