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[Updated] In North Salem, 2 Boys Die

Putnam officials were still at the scene hours later.

NORTH SALEM, NY — 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (update) — Officials have identified the two boys who died in North Salem Monday night as Jack Henry Baumler, 11, and Michael Charles Robson, 13, Major Michael Kopy of the New York State Police said.

Both boys were in the rear of a Bonnieview Road home, where Baumler resided, watching television around 7:20 p.m., according to police. Authorities say a tree—which originally sat about 60 feet from the house, and measured about four feet in diameter—came crashing down, crushing the boys. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other children, Baumler's older brother and Michael's older sister, were in the same room. They were reportedly treated by EMS for abrasions and scrapes. Baumler's mother, who was in a different part of the home, was not physically injured, Kopy said.

The residence is located in the Croton Falls fire district. Brewster Fire Department (BFD) responded for mutual aid, as did Putnam Lake.

11:55 p.m. Monday (update) — State Troopers say the two boys who died were 11 and 13 years old. Two other children, ages 12 and 15, were injured during the incident. 

"The 15 and 12-year-old were treated for minor scrapes and abrasions at the scene by responding EMS," officials said in a statement. "The homeowner, who is the mother to one of the decedents and one of the injured children, was present in the home, but was not hurt in the accident. The other two children were friends from a neighboring residence."

Officials from the Somers barracks responded to the call. Authorities did not provide additional details.

10:45 p.m. Monday (original story) — Hurricane Sandy claimed the lives of two young people at a Bonnieview Road residence in North Salem Monday evening, according to various reports.

Members of the BFD responded to the home—which is located near Bloomer Road, just over the Putnam-Westchester border—for an unknown emergency at about 7:15 p.m. A BFD official, who was unable to provide ages or names, said a tree landed on the home, crushing both youths.

Several news agencies report that the victims were 10-year-old boys.

At about 10 p.m., BFD members were still at the scene. Officials from the Southeast barracks of the New York State Police were there, too.

In the Hudson Valley, the storm was slated to peak Monday evening and night, causing tons of damage and leaving thousands without power. In Rockland County, a Pearl River man lost his life in a similar incident. His family members were injured, too.

Stay with Patch for updates as more information becomes available.

Agatha Ginther October 30, 2012 at 03:31 AM
My thoughts and prayers are out to the family who lost their children during this hurricane. What a tragic story to hear what devastation this storm is causing. My deepest condolences.....
Jane E. Schneider October 30, 2012 at 01:23 PM
My heart goes out to the families in this terrible tragedy.
Tom Dieck October 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
that is brutal. how tragic. god bless them and their families.
The Moonshiner October 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Mother Nature is brutal. So is Father time.
Kenney October 30, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Hey Moonshiner...well put!!!!
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Please refrain from personal attacks and keep comments on the topic of this article.
Kat October 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
This is a time of terrible times. The Bible calls it "the time of troubles." The earth is rocking to and fro. We need to pray that God is welcomed back so our land can once again receive blessings. My prayers are with those that have been victimized by the raging winds and waters. Jesus we need you now more than ever.
Sharon L October 30, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Who says they were in low lying areas? Who said they had to evacuate? I didn't read that in this article so how can you be so cruel? Why does there always have to be one person that has to place blame? The next thing you know someone will make this political!!!
Jack Schmitt October 30, 2012 at 07:29 PM
How stupid are you for making such an arrogant, insensitive comment!
Rita Crabtree-Kampe October 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
North Salem is NOT a low lying area....your comment is inappropriate and rude!
Jack Schmitt October 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
It was a freak accident caused by high winds. Nothing more and nothing less. Go troll somewhere else with your harsh rhetoric!
Ruby Craigsmith October 30, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Last time I checked, New York wasn't located near Florida. North Salem is not in a low lying area, and everyone was told to stay home, not evacuate. Bully for you that you live in Florida and know everything you need to do to stay safe in your neck of the woods. This was a freak storm and a freak accident. Two children are dead and you have nothing better to do than lecture and call them stupid. Try to locate your heart and find some compassion for these children and their parents. Shame on you Marie.
mmlowe October 30, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Be happy you had the ability to evacuate, Everyone NOT so able. But the judgement here is remarkable.
James Bankhart October 30, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Marie, what an insensitive comment at this time of tragic loss. There was no evacuation order or even suggestion in that area. No wonder Florida ranks 50th in IQ out of the 50 States.
Karen Fitzgerald October 30, 2012 at 09:56 PM
How unthinkable. You think your kids are safe, just watching TV in a home and then they are killed by a tree that was not even next to the house. My condolences to their families.
Katherine Collopy October 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Loosing a child is never easy, no matter their age,cause or whatever. Hang in and God Bless. from one who knows
Patricia christman October 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM
My heart is sick for the family. My God bless you and help you get through this.
Beach Lover October 31, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Ugh... This makes me sick. My heart goes out to both families......

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