An early morning fire on Dix Road in Westmoreland claimed one life. 61 year old Ralph Elliot was found in a room in the front of the house at 6924 Dix Road. Oneida County Sheriff Deputies arrived at the scene, around 3:00AM Friday morning, and found the house fully involved in flames. Three other occupants were able to evacuate the house, through a window, safely. The three had made several efforts to rescue Ralph Elliot, but were unable to get to him.
The Oneida County Sheriff is conducting the investigation. They report that the initial investigation into the fire’s origin point to the area where the furnace and hot water tank were located.
Seven fire companies fought the blaze.