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1 Found Dead in Mt. Kisco Group Home Fire

Person found in apartment where fire broke out.

Update: The person, cause of death and the cause of the fire have been identified. Click here for details. 

Original Story: One person was found dead at the scene of a fire that hit a Mount Kisco group home for mentally disabled adults, Fire Chief Tom Jackson confirmed. 

The fire was discovered in one of the apartments on the third floor - the building has three stories - and the body of the person was discovered in a bedroom once the smoke was cleared, Jackson told reporters. The person was found in the same apartment where the fire broke out, he said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 3-story building, at 43 Highland Ave., at around 9:20 p.m., the chief told reporters.

No further information about the individual, including gender or age, was immediately available. The official cause of death has yet to be determined, Jackson said. First responders were still at the scene at around 11 p.m., and the body had not yet been removed.

One worker at the group home was hospitalized for what is believed to be smoke inhalation, Jackson told reporters.

"We arrived on scene to a working fire at one of the apartments," he said.

The fire was knocked down in about 5-10 minutes, he said. Fire department mutual included a FAST team from Bedford Hills, and with Chappaqua on standby. Mount Kisco Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded. A total of roughly 80 firefighters from Mount Kisco and Bedford Hills were at the scene, Jackson said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There was heavy fire damage around the apartment where it started, with smoke and water damage elsewhere. The building could soon be habitable again, according to Jackson, but residents had to evacuate for the night and taken to other places for shelter.

More updates will be available once the causes of the fire and death are known.

FireSafetyUSFA August 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Such an unfortunate loss for the family and friends mourning the death of the victim killed in this terrible fire. Please read and share this link with your loved ones to help prevent this from happening again. http://1.usa.gov/xsBcX6
Susan Riley August 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM
So sad to learn of this death, but kudos to the hardworking fire fighters and EMS responders. They are the heart and soul of Mount Kisco and deserve to be recognized for their exceptional service to the community.
Renee e. August 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I knew this young man and my condolences goes to his family and the friends that he left behind....r.i.p. Richie ....we will not forget you.
Tom Auchterlonie August 30, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Renee, I'm doing a follow up story on the fire. Would you be able to get in touch? My email is tom@patch.com and my phone is 914-625-8684
Tom Auchterlonie August 30, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I have some updates: The victim, 50-year-old group home resident Richard Bouman, has been identified. The Medical Examiner's office determined that his cause of death stemmed from smoke inhalation. Chief Jackson said the fire cause was accidental electrical due to a malfunctioning outlet. Here's my follow up: http://patch.com/A-xx92

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