Teen Boy Killed, Sister Injured In L.I. House Fire

NORTH BAY SHORE, N.Y. (CBS 2/1010 WINS/AP) — Police on Long Island are investigating a house fire that killed a 17-year-old boy and critically injured his 16-year-old sister.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Suffolk County police said they responded to the fire on Spur Drive North in North Bay Shore at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters found Luis Zayas and Angela Alvarez unconscious in a ground floor bathroom. They were taken to a hospital where Zayas was pronounced dead.

Alvarez was listed in critical condition suffering from smoke inhalation and burns. The children’s mother, Zulma Zayas, escaped uninjured through a bedroom window.

With all the appearances of a single family home, police said the residence was a multi-family death trap, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.

The house was divided up into three apartments with multiple locks on several doors and a wall inside the garage turning it into a bedroom. That scenario turned into a nightmare for firefighters as they were unable to know exactly where to search or how many people to look for.

“There was a problem entering through the garage and through the door. The garage was converted into an apartment,” Brentwood Fire Department Chief Eric Raudies said.

Property records in the Town of Islip listed the residence as a single family home.

Fire investigators said the blaze started in the back of the home and believed it may have been sparked by a lamp or some other light source left lying on a couch.

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One Comment

  1. brian says:

    I have a feeling a landlord is soon to be criminally charged.

  2. ski says:

    What did you do with the story about the cops being called resulting in shutting down a young boy’s food stand? Reported by Ralph Morrison. I tried to watch but got a message saying it was not available.


    hey gurl!!!! im sorry for ur loss angie but dont worry he was the best and only you know that cuz u had a wonderful brother that would die to save your life. which is what he did so just try to remember him as your brave one. let him rest in piece. but feel better. everyone at school loves and miss you. we wish you the best. a lot of people say different reasons how the fire started but we hope you know/remember how. just thank lord you didnt leave us as well. ❤ ~ADRIANA

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