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Update: State Police investigate an explosion in Raquette Lake

A preliminary investigation determined Joshua R. Vandyke, age 34, of Croghan, NY was in the boiler room with a 3-year-old male.  Vandyke was attempting to repair a copper fitting on a water line.  Vandyke attempted to ignite his torch triggering an explosion.  During the explosion, the 3-year-old male was near the exit door.

A contractor nearby heard the explosion went over to the area, and was able to locate a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. 

Vandyke and the 3-year-old male suffered severe burns from the explosion.  They were transported to SUNY Upstate Medical University by Life Net.   Vandyke sustained first-second-and third-degree burns and the 3-year-old male sustained second-degree burns.  Both are in stable condition.

Raquette Lake Fire and EMS assisted with the scene.  Hamilton County Fire investigator arrived on the scene and deemed the fire to be accidental. 


On May 16, 2024, at approximately 10:50 a.m., State Police members responded to Killkare Road, Raquette Lake, NY for a house explosion.  An investigation determined an accidental house explosion occurred at a residence.  Two victims were transported SUNY Upstate Medical University for further medical evaluation.

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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