Thursday, February 25, 2010

Police investigating fatal fire at St. Lawrence County farm

State police in Massena are investigating a fire that killed one migrant worker and injured three others.

According to troopers, the blaze broke out at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Maple View Dairy Farm in the St. Lawrence County town of Madrid.

Dispatchers with St. Lawrence County 911 received a phone call reporting a trailer fire on the farm. Soon after, firefighters and rescue crews from Madrid, Waddington, Morley, Lisbon, Potsdam and West Potsdam arrived on scene.

Upon extinguishing the blaze, firefighters located a deceased subject within the trailer. The individual’s identity is being withheld pending an autopsy.

Officials indicate the deceased, along with three others, were foreign workers employed at the Maple View Dairy Farm.

35-year-old Oscar Rufoio was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital and later transferred to Syracuse University Hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition. 34-year-old Carlos Perez was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Fletch Allen Health Care – his condition is unknown.

A fourth man, 21-year-old Valente Francisco, was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The St. Lawrence County Fire Investigation Team was on scene and is assisting state police in the investigation.

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