Albion PD releases name of man, age 68, who died in fire

Photo by Tom Rivers: Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at 30 North St. last night in Albion.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 April 2024 at 10:53 am

ALBION – The man who died in a fire at Oak Orchard Estates last night has been identified as William E. Christy, age 68.

He was home at 30 North St. when his trailer became engulfed in flames. Christy did not get out of his trailer despite efforts from his neighbors, firefighters and responding law enforcement officers to get inside and help him.

First responders were dispatched to the site at 11:42 p.m. for a reported house fire with one person trapped inside.

Upon arrival, neighbors were observed attempting to gain entry into the trailer, Police Chief David Mogle stated in a news release.

Albion police officers along with the Albion Fire Department and Orleans County Sheriff’s Office also attempted to gain entry into the residence, but were unsuccessful.

Minutes later it became unsafe for all involved emergency responders and civilians to attempt to get into the residence, which was fully engulfed in flames, Mogle said.

The fire was contained at approximately 12:10 a.m. State fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The Albion Police Department and Albion Fire Department were assisted by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, the Orleans County Emergency Management Office, Critical Incident Stress Management team, state fire investigators and firefighters from Barre, Ridgeway, Carlton, Kendall, Medina and Shelby.