Watertown, NY (February 14, 2019) – A devastating house fire broke out early Thursday morning, February 14, which tragically resulted in the deaths of one man and two children. The fire was first reported to have started at around 1:30 a.m. The incident took place at a home located at 911 Myrtle Avenue, between Haley Street and Ward Street, in Watertown.
According to authorities, crews from the Watertown Fire Department arrived at the scene to find smoke and fire billowing from the house. Crews worked to extinguish the flames and ultimately pulled five individuals from the home. Six people were home at the time the fire broke out, one of which was a teenager who escaped the house and called for help.
38-year-old Aaron Bodah and four of his daughters were transported to Samaritan Medical Center. A fifth daughter, 4-year-old Skylar, was found dead in the home. Aaron and another daughter, 8-year-old Alexa, passed away in the hospital. Two of the other survivors were transferred to Upstate Medical University in critical condition, along with the teen who escaped the blaze and is in stable condition.
Investigators believe that the fire started in the kitchen and no smoke detectors were working in the home. The official cause is currently under investigation and no further details have been provided.
We would first like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of all three deceased victims, above all else, as they mourn such a terrible loss. We also offer our sincere sympathies to the injured victims, as we maintain hope for their full recoveries, and extend our gratitude to the firefighters who worked to control this fire.
Tragically, fires and explosions in New York can often prove to be fatal or seriously injurious, as they are one of the most dangerous situations anyone may encounter. After such a perilous event, it is terribly important to realize that you may have the right to be compensated for your losses, particularly in the event that your suffering was caused by the careless or criminal actions of another party.
At Hach & Rose, we know that there are few things as difficult as a sudden injury and nothing as devastating as the loss of a loved one, especially a child. There are immense physical, emotional, and financial consequences in the wake of such an incident, and you should not have to deal with those burdens alone. As compassionate members of the community, we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. If you have lost a family member or suffered injuries in a New York fire, please call 212-779-0057 today.
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