SUNY ESF confirms student has died following Buckingham Avenue fire

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV)  – The interim President of SUNY ESF sent a letter to the campus community confirming that one of their students has died of injuries suffered in the Buckingham Avenue fire in Syracuse on Monday morning. 

In the letter, David Amberg says that Beth Ann Newkirk, who was originally from Troy, New York, passed away at 12:30am Tuesday. 

In the letter, Amberg also says that Newkirk:

“Worked as a field technician with the New York Natural Heritage Program. She worked through Dr. Melissa Fierke’s lab and assisted with the statewide pollinator project. Beth was also a student in two of Dr. Rebecca Rundell’s courses. Rebecca called Beth a “glowing bright light in both of those classes and a joy to be around.” Rebecca was so impressed with Beth’s ability that she hired Beth this summer as a work-study collections intern in the Roosevelt Wild Life Collections.”

Students who need assistance are urged to call ESF Counseling Services at (315) 470-4716. For staff and faculty, support is available through the Employee Assistance Program coordinated by Nan Clark, nfclark@esf.edu, 315-470-6726.

The fire remains under investigation by the Syracuse Fire Department and the Syracuse Police Department.

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