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Elderly Disabled Woman Carried To Safety After Fire Breaks Out In Huntington Apartment

A Suffolk County Police Cruiser - File / Photo: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880

Suffolk County Police Cruiser (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police said that a disabled 84-year-old woman has been carried to safety after a fire broke out in her Long Island apartment.

Suffolk County police said that Officer Joseph Lanzisera broke a window to climb into the smoke-filled Huntington apartment at around 9 p.m on. Friday. He found the woman in her bedroom in the Nathan Hale apartment complex, and then navigated a smoke-choked hallway to open the locked front door and let a fire chief in.

The officer and Huntington Fire Chief Kenneth Cochrane carried the unresponsive woman outside. Cochrane wasn’t immediately available later on Friday night.

Police said that the woman has been hospitalized with burns to her face. Lanzisera also was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Police are investigating what caused the fire.

Hats off to Officer Joseph Lanzisera and Huntington Fire Chief Kenneth Cochrane for saving this woman’s life. Offer your thoughts and comments in the section below…

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