Man dies in fire at Mt. Kisco special needs group home

MOUNT KISCO - A fire at a group home for special needs adults in Mount Kisco has claimed the life of one person.

Fire officials say the flames broke out in a third-floor apartment in the building on Highland Avenue around 9:30 p.m. yesterday. Firefighters from Mount Kisco and Bedford were able to put the flames out within about 10 minutes. They say the flames were contained to one apartment.

After the fire was extinguished, investigators found the body of 50-year-old resident Richard Bouman, a former Special Olympian. He reportedly died of smoke inhalation.

Authorities say all the other residents got out of the group home safely, but one worker was hospitalized and treated for smoke inhalation.

Officials say the fire was caused by a faulty electrical outlet in the bathroom.

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