RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — An early morning fire in Ronkonkoma has killed one person and seriously injured another.

A resident tells 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera how he desperately tried to save a woman who was killed in the fire

A neighbor told 1010 WINS that shattering glass woke him up around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and when he looked out his window he saw a wall of flames coming out of a home on Johnson Avenue. 

Stephani England, 31, has been identified as the woman who was killed in the fire. Laura Caldara, 41, who also lives
at the home, was identified as the victim who was transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

“The back window was bright red, then the window broke and the flames started coming out,” Sean Dean said. “The heat was unbelievable, the smoke; I’ve never seen anything like that.”

A man who lived in the house, Juan Yupton, 40, used a ladder to get to a window on the top floor to try to save England and Caldara. He managed to get only one out before the flames got too intense. When fire officials arrived they found England dead in the rubble on the main floor of the residence.

“I feel bad because I wanted to go in to get the girl but it’s too late, the police told me, it’s too late,” Yupton said.

Eight people who lived in the multi-family home escaped the blaze. Officials say one person was rushed to Stony Brook University Medical Center with non-life threatenening injuries.    

The cause of the blaze is unknown although a preliminary investigation suggests the fire was not suspicious.

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Comments (7)
  1. jaime says:

    I lived downstairs in the basment with my son and boyfriend. We all were very close and i miss steph alot. I hope she is in a better place and she knows how much my 3 year old son loved her. I know she will watch over him for me.Laura steph and us were one big happy family. I feel like we were all just sitting in the living room watching blues clues becuase of my son. but steph we love you!!! and miss you!!!

  2. Dominick G Kasmauskas says:

    It is way past time that homes should be built with fire sprinklers. Ms. England would be alive.

  3. Cindi Sansone-Braff says:

    Stephani was schedule to come for a psychic reading with me tomorrow…
    Those of you who love her, take comfort in knowing that death ends a life, but not a relationship. She will send you many signs and messages of love.

    Cindi Sansone-Braff

    1. Elena Buehler says:

      Cindi..Stephi was a best friend to me.. i will becoming up from Fl next week and feel like i definitely need to have a reading with you..I was aware of Stephi’s appt. with you..and knew what she wanted to ask you..Please contact me so we can make this happen..I know that she would want me to talk to you… can friend me on facebook…

      1. Cindi Sansone-Braff says:

        Take comfort in knowing Nicole is helping her crossover!

  4. Maria Corcino says:

    Thank you God for taking care of my family and get them out of the house unharmed.

  5. warrk21 says:

    Please go to departedngone and Let The World Know that we have lost a Good Life.
    Departed N Gone

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