MALTA – One man was killed and four residents – including two children – were injured in a structure fire at 11 Woodshire Court in Malta Wednesday night.
At 9:12 p.m., Saratoga County Sheriff’s 911 received a report of a structure fire. A sheriff’s sergeant and a fire chief were first on scene and discovered a garage fully engulfed in flames, quickly spreading to the residence. As crews arrived on scene, the residents were attempting to evacuate the home.
Eric Edwards, 32, was declared dead on scene by County Coroner Susan Hayes Masa. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine his cause of death. Glenn Broadbent Sr., 60, was flown to Westchester Medical Center with burn injuries; Janette, 64, Marcus, 12, and Lucus, 5, Broadbent, were transported to Albany Medical Center with smoke inhalation.
Marcus also suffered burn injuries and was subsequently transferred to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, Mass. Janette Broadbent has since been discharged, and Lucas in now listed in stable condition. Glenn Broadbent is currently listed in critical condition.
Text on a GoFundMe page listed by a presumed friend and neighbor says, “Janet and Glenn are doing the Lord’s work here on earth; their 10 children are all adopted. Six of the surviving children have serious health issues. You won’t find more loving, genuine and caring people anywhere. I’ve known them for nearly 10 years and they are good, kind and decent. I’m in awe of Janet’s strength and fortitude; the children are happy and engaging young people. To adopt one child with special needs is a huge commitment; 7 is incredible plus their 3 other wonderful young people.
These are some of the kindest, most loving people you will meet. ”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Saratoga County Cause and Origin Team, with the assistance of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit.
At this time, the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
The Round Lake Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Malta Ridge, Jonesville, City of Saratoga Springs and the Ballston Spa Fire departments. Emergency medical service agencies were on scene, including Malta Stillwater, Clifton Park Halfmoon, Wilton and Lifenet 72.