One dead in Town of Copake car fire

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COPAKE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal car fire on North Mountain Road.

Fire crews responded to a vehicle fire at a farm on North Mountain Road in the Town of Copake around 12:04 a.m. Friday. Once the fire was extinguished, crews removed a body from the car.

Officials identified the man who died in the fire as 32-year-old Rudy Martinez, of Copake. His dog also died in the fire.

The car involved was owned and registered by Martinez.

An autopsy determined his cause of death to be inhalation of fire gases.

The investigation indicated the fire was not suspicious; however, due to extensive fire damage, an exact cause has not been found, yet.

The investigation is ongoing, and investigators are waiting on lab and toxicology reports.

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