L.I. Mother Dies In Tragic House Fire

BELLMORE, N.Y. (CBS 2) — The Nassau County’s Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene Saturday, trying to determine what sparked a deadly overnight house fire on Long Island, CBS 2’s Magee Hickey reports.

The victim, a mother of two, was believed to have been home alone when the fire broke out just after 2:30 a.m. in a house on Croydon Drive.

Her 14-year-old son was with his father, and her 6-year-old daughter was down the block with friends.

The woman who died was very well-liked in the neighborhood. “Just a wonderful bunch of neighbors on this block. We stick together in times like this. It’s just a tragedy. I’m going to miss them,” said neighbor Maria Kany.

Asked about rumors there was quite a delay between the call reporting the house fire and the firefighters’ response, Chief Robert Taylor of the Bellmore F.D. answered: “Naturally two minutes seem like two hours when something like this is happening, but I can guarantee you I was here within three minutes of the alarm going off.”

The chief could not say where the woman’s body was found, nor could authorities identify her. All was under investigation until authorities could notify her next of kin.

  • Mad EMT

    According to NYS law volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel may only use blue or green ‘courtesy’ lights when responding to an emergency. Drivers are not obligated to yield to them and they are not permitted to break any traffic law en route including speeding and going through red lights and an intersection. From personal experience I can say that traveling the exact same road with no lights or a ‘courtesy’ light or traveling with a red light and siren can make a difference of 5 to 10 minutes depending on the number and length of the red lights. Despite this, emergency personnel are expected to be on the scene in under 5 minutes or there are complaints of the long response time.

    What happens? Some personnel take their life in their hands and break the laws anyway so that the patients or victims shouldn’t have to wait. Most cops won’t stop them if they use reasonable caution but if they get into an accident there can be huge insurance and even criminal implications since they technically broke the law. What a way to thank those volunteers! Others will follow the law as written for their own safety. As a result you may see a firefighter sitting at a red light for two minutes while a house burns down and people die since he’s too afraid to risk breaking the law and the implications it could have.

    So the next time someone dies while waiting for a volunteer fire department to show up don’t blame them. Instead blame the lawmakers who don’t consider a fire to be a true emergency until all the units finally make it to the firehouse and get on the truck 10 minutes after the alarm.

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