UPDATE: Elderly woman ID’d as second victim in fatal fire in Naples (video)

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero called the deadly fire in Naples ‘devastating’ and said that it would be a time consuming and involved process as crews continue working at the scene.

Family has been notified, but at least one person is dead after a fire ravaged a ranch style home on County Road 36. “The destruction caused by this fire is devastating,” Sheriff Povero said on Tuesday at a press conference at 11 a.m.

The fire was called in by a passerby, who lives at a location in the area. However, Povero said that his office would not be releasing any identifying information about that individual.

The deceased individual, who lived at the home, was identified as 64-year-old Michael Schenk. The Sheriff said that the home was totally engulfed in flames when police and fire arrived.

The home is owned by Mariam Fleischmann, 94, of the same address, who was located around 1:45 p.m. in the basement of the property. At 3 p.m. Povero provided a second update:

“At approximately 1:45 p.m. today Sheriff’s and Fire Investigators located fire victim Marian Fleischmann, age 94, inside her residence at 7379 County Road 36 in the Town of Naples. Ms. Fleischmann’s body was located in the basement where the area near her bedroom collapsed due to the fire. Ms. Fleischmann was positively identified and is being transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The investigation into the cause and origin of the fire continues.”

The body of Schenk is being transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiners Office to determine a cause of death.

The residence, consisting of a full first floor and partial second floor collapsed into the basement of the property.

Povero said that firefighters are continuing to extinguish areas of the structure that are still burning. He said that heavy equipment was brought to the scene to assist in removing debris as part of the overall investigation.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police Investigators, New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services are all working at the scene.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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