Police identify pair killed in Lewis County fire; both died of smoke inhalation, officials say


LOWVILLE — The two people killed in a fire in Lewis County on Saturday have been identified. State police said they died from smoke inhalation.

The bodies of Catherine A. Crego, 58, and Saratina R. Kilbourne, 42, were recovered from the fire at 7525 S. State St. following the 11:49 p.m. fire on Saturday, according to state police. Crego was a resident, while Kilbourne lived several houses down the street, troopers stated.

Autopsies were conducted on both victims and state police said they died from asphyxia caused by smoke and the heated products of combustion.

The surviving resident, 60-year-old Brian S. Mushtare, was treated and released from the county hospital for smoke inhalation, minor burns and several lacerations, troopers stated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Investigators are asking that anyone with information on the fire or who may have video of the fire to contact Officer Matthew Martin with the Lowville Police Department at 315-376-6511.


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