Amsterdam Police and Amsterdam Fire responded to the report of a structure fire with heavy smoke in the area of Guy Park Avenue and Genevieve Street in the city’s West End. Upon arrival, officers determined the source of the smoke and fire to be a nearby residence located on Division Street. Officers observed the second floor of the two-story home to be fully involved with visible flames escaping from the windows and rooftop. Neighbors who spotted the flames were able to assist two people in getting out of the building. The fire claimed the life of one person inside the residence. Amsterdam Police personnel including members of the detective bureau remained on the scene while Amsterdam Fire continued to put the blaze out into the evening hours. An investigation into the fire was ongoing in conjunction with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Personnel from Amsterdam Police and Fire remained on the scene throughout the night as the investigation continued.

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