By Matt Youngfrau
HARRIS October 4, 2002 An early morning fire Tuesday took the life of a 79-year-old Harris man on Old Route 17 across from Red Beards Tavern.
The New York State Police received calls that Angelo Pollos home was on fire at 6:56 that morning. The calls came from passersby who saw the flames and smoke.
Monticello firefighters immediately came to the scene. They ended up being assisted by the fire departments of Rock Hill, Swan Lake, Hurleyville, and Liberty. Fallsburg firefighters were on standby, and Mobilemedic provided paramedics at the scene.
An autopsy was completed Tuesday. According to State Police Inspector David Goggin, it was ruled an accidental fire. Apparently, Pollos fell asleep while smoking a cigarette that ignited the blaze.
Pollos belonged to the VFW and worked for Meals on Wheels for ten years. He had also worked part-time at the Sullivan County Landfill, where he supervised recycling.
He was very dedicated and conscientious, commented Solid Waste Management Director John Kehlenbeck. He was a very nice man. It is unfortunate.
He is survived by two daughters, a stepdaughter, a girlfriend, and seven grandchildren.