Fire at upstate NY home kills man, son visiting from Ohio


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

Ulster County officials tell the Daily Freeman of Kingston that the fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. Sunday at Carl J. Mondello Jr.’s home in the town of Hurley, 50 miles south of Albany. The sheriff’s office he escaped along with his 60-year-old daughter, who also lived there.

He was taken to a hospital, where police say he later died from his injuries.

Officials say His son, also named Richard J. Mondello, was found dead in the basement.

The cause of the fire is under investigation

The younger man was visiting from Fostoria, Ohio. The Post reports he worked for the newspaper for 40 years before retiring in 2014 as an advertisement executive.