Tragedy in neighborhood

We had a horrific fire in the neighborhood this week that tragically killed someone I knew.

BREAKING — Wednesday, February 27, 2008   12:28 p.m.  updated 4:50 p.m.

Father of two dies in horrific blaze

Fire Chief says it appears the fire started in the basement workshop of the old home

By Margaret Menge — David Jessup of Long Hill Road died in a fire in the basement of his home today.

A neighbor was returning home from work between 11:30 and 12 noon, driving south on Long Hill, when he saw flames coming out of the north-side basement window of the Jessup home. He sped to his house, grabbed his phone and called 911. He says that within just a minute or two the windows on the Jessup home were breaking and flames were bursting out of all of the windows.

The neighbor, Chris Mee, said at the time that he hoped that no one was in the house when the fire broke out, saying he was fearful because he noticed the homeowner’s vehicle was in the driveway.

Fire Chief Pat Hines told the Local after 2 p.m. that they’d recovered a body from the home, and a friend of the family told the Local shortly thereafter that the deceased was in fact the homeowner, David Jessup.

David Jessup was an independent contractor, and the father of two boys: a second-grader who attends Lee Road, and a ninth grader who goes to Cornwall Central High School. David was the husband of Eloisa Jessup who works for BOCES, in the wing at Cornwall Central High School. Their home, at 39 Long Hill Road, was built in 1790. The Jessups purchased it in 1996.

At least six volunteer fire companies were on scene fighting the fire, and it still took nearly an hour to extinguish the raging flames. It is not known at this time what might have caused the fire.

As of this afternoon, Eloisa Jessup was with her sons at the home of a family friend on Angola Road. The Jessups are members of St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church and Father Bernard Heter, the pastor at St. Thomas, had gone to the home to be with them.


3 Responses to “Tragedy in neighborhood”

  1. amity Says:

    What terrible news. I am so sorry.

  2. edgwickfarm Says:

    I am still in shock. I was at the wake yesterday and Matthew , 14, was so brave, taking the superior male role far too soon, greeting everyone next his grieving mother . Sean, 7, smiled and danced in joy to see all his friends, supposedly inappropriately, but yet naturally and comfortably. So very sad.

  3. Robin Says:

    Very sad. I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend.

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