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Fatal Fire in Moriah NY: Two Others Escaped

A 22 year old woman is dead after a house fire early this morning. It happened in Moriah, New York. Two others were living in the home at the time, they made it out safely.
A 22 year old woman is dead after a house fire early this morning.  It happened in Moriah, New York. Two others were living in the home at the time, they made it out safely.

The roof collapsed, through walls, you can see daylight, the house on Dugway Road in Moriah is a total loss. The blaze left 22 year old Sierra Daha dead.

"I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it. I just thought wow," Molly Westover said, who owns The Old Mine.

Police say the 911 call came from someone driving by. It was that person who helped the other two people who were living in the house get out safely. They are Mary Daha, the victim's grandma and 20 year old Damien Sprague. Police are interviewing witnesses. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

I asked: "So you cannot rule arson out?"

"Cannot rule anything out at this point," New York State Police Captain John Tibbits said.

For nearly 12 hours, police kept the road blocked off, but even from the next street over, fire trucks and yellow tape could be seen. Up close, the charred home… "You don't expect things like this in the Town of Moriah," Wesover added.

In this small town, the news has traveled fast. "I heard there was an explosion down there.” Jim Simpson said. There’s plenty of speculation, but right now, police are keeping it pretty tight lipped.

"We are currently interviewing witnesses and anyone else who may have been in the area," Captain Tibbits said. I asked: "Has anyone been arrested?" Captain Robert LaFountain replied, "No one has been arrested or charged."

We’re told an autopsy will be done tomorrow to determine Sierra Daha's cause of death.

Police will be on the scene all night, and again through tomorrow.

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