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Fire victim died from smoke inhalation

Sierra Daha, the victim of a Dec. 3 fire on Dugway Road in Moriah, died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation.

Sierra Daha, the victim of a Dec. 3 fire on Dugway Road in Moriah, died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation.

— Sierra Daha, the victim of a Dec. 3 fire on Dugway Road in Moriah, died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation.

An autopsy was performed on the victim by Dr. Michael Sikirica at Albany Medical Center Dec. 4.

Sikirica positively identified the victim as Daha, age 22. Sikirica also determined the cause of death to be asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation.

The manner of death is still pending the results of the investigation.

The New York State Police and New York State Fire Investigators are still looking into what started the residential fire at 2726 Dugway Road.

Two people — the home’s owner, Mary Daha, age 81, and Damian Sprague, age 20 — escaped the fire. Neither was injured.

The fire was reported at 5:04 a.m. when Sprague ran from the house and stopped a motorist passing by. The motorist called 911.

New York State Police were the first on the scene, finding the house fully involved.

Moriah, Mineville-Witherbee, Port Henry, Ticonderoga, Westport, Elizabethtown and Crown Point fire departments responded along with the Moriah Police Department, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, the Moriah Emergency Squad and the town of Moriah highway department.

Police said their investigation into the fire will take some time because of the damage to the building.

Police have interviewed the fire’s survivors and intend to speak to them again. Police are also seeking possible witnesses.

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