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Mother, Daughter Killed In Suffolk County House Fire

Cops: Cluttered Home Hindered Rescue Efforts
Firefighters on the scene of a fatal fire in Huntington Station, NY on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)

Firefighters on the scene of a fatal fire in Huntington Station, NY on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)

HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two people were killed and another injured in a house fire in Suffolk County.

The fire broke out around 11:45 p.m. Thursday at a home on Fourth Avenue in Huntington Station.

When firefighters arrived, authorities said they were met by mounds of debris, boxes and garbage inside the house.

The fire was contained to the basement, but heavy smoke had already filled the home. Suffolk County Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said the cluttered hallways were impassable and hindered rescue efforts.

“Fire department personnel entered the home, removed two female victims. A male had self-evacuated. All three were transported to Huntington Hospital where both women were pronounced dead,” Fitzpatrick said.

Killed were 64-year-old Reyna Paris and her daughter, 29-year-old Rosemarie Martinez, who had Down syndrome. Paris’ son, 26-year-old Joseph Martinez, was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known. Police are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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