Authorities say a fire tore through a private home being rented by college students in upstate New York, killing three people. According to a report from the Associated Press/Poughkeepsie Journal, the victims were identified as two female Marist College students and one male, who was not a student at the school. he cause of the fire in Poughkeepsie remains under investigation. Town Police Chief Thomas Mauro tells Associated Press/Poughkeepsie Journal that the off-campus house was being rented by six female Marist students. Several had guests there Friday night. The fire was called in to 911 about 1:30 am Saturday. Four people made it out of the fire, were taken to a hospital, treated and released.
According to an NFPA report, between 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,840 on structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and barracks. These fires caused an annual average of 3 civilian deaths, 38 civilian fire injuries, and $20.9 million in direct property damage.
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