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    Sharon Springs, New York State Firefighter Collapses While Battling House Fire

    Sharon Springs, New York State Firefighter Collapses While Battling House Fire


    Albany Times Union News Staff
    Courtesy of The Albany Times Union

    SHARON SPRINGS -- A firefighter died after apparently collapsing while battling a house fire that was ignited by lightning, authorities said.

    Jeffrey W. Howell, 42, a member of the Sharon Springs Fire Department, was one of the first firefighters at the scene of a farmhouse that caught fire just after 5 p.m. Thursday. He was working outside the house and suffered heat exhaustion when he collapsed, authorities said.

    Lightning that struck the house at 503 Gilberts Corners Road came from a series of thunderstorms that rolled through the region late Thursday afternoon, causing flooding and other damage.

    Howell previously was a firefighter at the Carlisle Fire Department.

    Howell's visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday in Cobleskill. The funeral was held today at 10 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Seward.



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    New York State Firefighter Dies Fighting Storm Related Fire

    WNYT-TV News Staff
    Courtesy of WNYT

    May 14 - There has been one death connected to the thunderstorms that moved through the Capital Region Thursday. A firefighter was died while battling a blaze at a home that had been stuck by lightning in Schoharie County.

    The home on Gilberts Corners Road in the town of Sharon caught fire just as heavy storms were moving through the area. Lightning hit the chimney of the house.

    Jeffrey Howell, 42, was one of the first firefighters to respond to the call. He was battling the fire when he suffered a heart attack.

    The people inside the home got out safely. Five people are now homeless. The red cross is assisting them.

    The fire rekindled Friday morning.

    Howell had been a member of the Sharon Springs Fire Department since November 2003. Before that he had been in the Carlisle fire department since 1994.

    This is the first firefighter death in the line of duty since 1990 in Schoharie County.

    Meanwhile, another series of storms dumped several inches of rain in parts of Warren County, at the southeastern edge of the Adirondacks.

    Hail an inch in diameter fell north of Bolton. House fires from lightning were reported in Glens Falls and Pottersville.

    The National Weather Service warns that more localized flooding is possible Friday as more storms roll through.

    A cold front is expected to push the warm air mass out of the region tomorrow, but will bring more rain in the afternoon before clearing occurs.


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    Howell, Jeffrey W

    Age: 42
    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Status: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 05/13/2004
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Incident Time: 17:18
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Death Date: 05/13/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Sharon Springs Fire Department
    137 Beechwood Rd.
    Sharon Springs , New York 13459

    Initial Summary:
    Collapsed and died of a heart attack while pulling hose off of apparatus at a working residential fire.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Donations will be used to purchase AED heart defibrillators; In memory of Firefighter Jeffrey W. Howell, C/o Sharon Springs Fire Department, 137 Beechwood Rd., Sharon Springs, NY 13459


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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