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State police investigate fatal house fire

State Police responded to a fatal house fire on February 16, 2023, at 6003 Bonny Hill Road in the town of Bath.

The troopers arrived at the scene and attempted to enter the house but had to retreat due to heavy smoke. The fire was later extinguished, and the body of Joyce Kautz was found in her bedroom.


Unfortunately, she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Multiple agencies, including Steuben County Fire, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Bath Fire Department, Bath VA Fire Department, and Bath Volunteer Ambulance, assisted the State Police in responding to the incident.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the authorities are working to determine what led to the tragic incident.