Rensselaer County man killed in house fire

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PITTSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) — One man has died after a fire in Rensselaer County.

Police said the fire began just before 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the hamlet of Melrose. Multiple fire departments were on scene.

Robert Tronans, 75, died as a result of the fire. No other injuries were reported. Robert and his wife were the only two people in the house at the time.

After further investigation, police do not believe the fire to be criminal.

“Anytime we have a fatal fire, fatal accident it does put a toll on the first responders so we’ll keep an eye on the fire chief and watch his crew. Everyone was giving 110% because they believe and understood someone was inside the structure,” says Jay Wilson, Rensselaer County Director of Public Safety.

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