NEWS RELEASE DETAILS

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 / 04:02 PM
SUBJECT:UPDATE – STRONG STREET FIRE AUTOPSY RESULTS

The investigation is continuing into yesterday afternoon’s fire at 826 Strong Street that killed 2 young children.

Autopsies performed today determined that 3-year-old Paul Thomas and his 23-month-old sister, Shadaya Thomas, died from smoke inhalation. The children could not escape the fire and efforts to rescue them failed.

The investigation is being led by the Schenectady Police and Fire Departments, with assistance from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

No other information is available at this time. Any updated information will be forwarded via e-mail.