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Fire at upstate New York home kills father, visiting son

HURLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an 89-year-old man and his 62-year-old son visiting from Ohio have died in a fire at the father’s upstate New York home.

Officials tell the Daily Freeman of Kingston the fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. Sunday at Carl J. Mondello Jr.’s home in Hurley, 50 miles south of Albany.

The sheriff’s office says Mondello escaped along with his 60-year-old daughter, who also lived there. But he died later at a hospital.

Officials say his son, Richard J. Mondello, was found dead in the basement. The son was a former longtime New York Post employee visiting from Fostoria, Ohio. The Post reports he worked for the newspaper for 40 years before retiring in 2014 as an advertisement executive.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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