Fatal car fire claims life in Copake


COPAKE — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal car fire that claimed the life of one man and that of a dog. 

Emergency personnel responded to a 911 call placed on Friday, June 14, just after midnight. The call came in to the Hillsdale Fire Company and Community Rescue Squad for a reported vehicle fire at 543 North Mountain Road in Copake. Deputies assisted at the scene.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, when units arrived on the scene, “the vehicle was fully involved.”

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