Off-Duty Nassau Detective, Neighbor Rescue Homeowner From Fire
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An off-duty Nassau County police detective and a neighbor risked their lives to pull a man from his burning home on Long Island Sunday morning.
According to authorities, the detective was passing by when he noticed flames coming from the home on Mineola Boulevard in Williston Park around 7:30 a.m.
The detective, along with a resident of a neighboring home rushed into the burning house and escorted the 59-year-old homeowner to safety, police said.
The homeowner was taken to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation.
About 100 firefighters from the Williston Park, Mineola, Albertson and Garden City Park fire departments battled to extinguish the blaze.
Two firefighters were treated at the scene for chest pains and heat exhaustion. A third firefighter was taken to a hospital with a sprained ankle.
The cause of the fire isn’t yet determined, but police say it isn’t considered suspicious.
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