Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

EAST FISHKILL – East Fishkill Police report the East Fishkill Fire Department and Dutchess County Fire Investigation Unit have determined the cause and origin of 374 Augusta Dr. house fire last that occurred on Saturday evening.

Officials say it was an accidental electrical fire that started in a wall of the structure.

The fire took the life of the homeowner, 52-year-old Katherine Perez, said police.

An autopsy performed by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated that Perez had died as a result of smoke inhalation.

Two other occupants of the home, a 47-year-old man and his 17-year-old son, escaped before the fire reached their downstairs apartment.

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