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4 dead in upstate NY group home fire

March 21, 2009 6:28:00 PM PDT
Officials have released the names of the four residents of a state-run group home in the Adirondacks who died in a fire that destroyed the home. They are: 52-year-old Anthony Vitti, 60-year-old Theresa Williams, 43-year-old Gloria Bonilla, and 32-year-old Corey Desotelle.

Five of the home's nine residents survived. One, 71-year-old Blaine Edwards, is being treated at a Utica hospital. The other four were relocated to another home. The two staff members also survived.

The fire started around 5:30 a.m. Saturday at the ranch-style Riverview residence operated by the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in Wells, 56 miles northwest of Albany.

State police and fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.


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