Fundraiser for family of Saugerties fire victim

posted by Bill Williams - 

A fundraiser has been set up for the family of the woman, who died in the massive house fire Saturday morning in Saugerties. Donations are being accepted at Price Choppers in Ulster, Greene, and Columbia Counties, including the Saugerties Price Chopper, where 46 year old Tanya Conklin worked. The store will match donations up to $1000.

Ten others were injured in the fire

Press Release from Saugerties Police:

On Saturday Morning April 21, 2018 at 02:19 am Saugerties Fire Department and Saugerties Police Department responded to a reported fire at 18-20 Russell Street in the Village of Saugerties. The fire destroyed a three-family apartment structure and further resulted in the death of 46-year-old Tanya Conklin who resided with her family in Apartment #2.

The Saugerties Police Detective Division is currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire, in conjunction with the Ulster County Fire Cause and Origin Team and the New York State Fire Arson Bureau.

The fire which originated in Apartment #1, was occupied by 37-year-old Nawabzada A. Kahn, his wife Monna Khan, in addition to their three children ages 10 (male), 9 (female) and 3-year-old (male). Nawabzada A. Kahn, Monna Khan and their 10-year-old son are currently admitted to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla NY. All three sustained extensive burns and are in critical but stable condition. (The 3-year-old and 9-year-old children were not injured and are currently in the care of relatives.)

Apartment #2 was occupied by Tanya Conklin, who was located deceased in a rear bedroom of the apartment. Also residing in the apartment at the time of the fire was 22-year-old Brittany Conklin, 21-year-old Malikye Stokes, 17-year-old Samantha Widener and 9-year-old Desiree Widener. A 17-year-old female friend of the family (Amber Engwiller of Mount Marion) was staying over in the apartment at the time of the fire. Engwiller, who sustained burns and injuries when escaping (Jumping out a second story window), is currently at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla NY, listed in critical but stable condition. All occupants of the apartment other than Conklin and Engwiller, were treated for minor injuries and released.

The occupants of Apartment #3, 24-year-old Danielle Conklin, and 29-year-old Brian Shultis were not injured.

The property owner of the apartment building is Giuseppe Sireci of Brooklyn NY.

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