Paula Mitchell

Paula Mitchell

HURLEY–The elderly homeowner who was listed in critical condition at an area hospital due to an early Sunday house fire in Hurley has also died, according to the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.

Carl J. Mondello Jr., 89, died from injuries he sustained in the blaze that broke out at his home at 212 Ridgewood Ave. around 4:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office said.

His son, Richard J. Mondello, 62, of Fostoria, Ohio, was found dead Sunday morning by firefighters in the basement of the home, where the blaze is believed to have originated.

The elderly Mondello helped his daughter, Marianne Agnello, 60, escape the burning structure and was located by fire crews on the second floor, the sheriff’s office said.

He was rescued by firefighters and transported to HealthAlliance Hospital’s Broadway campus, where he initially was listed in critical condition.

Agnello was taken to Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinbeck, where she was evaluated for unspecified injuries.

The blaze, reported by Agnello as she got out of the ranch-style house, brought out multiple fire companies, which remained at the scene until around 10 a.m.

Officials at the scene said the fire is not considered suspicious. Detectives and the Ulster County Fire Investigation Unit continue to probe the cause.


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