RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — An early morning fire in Ronkonkoma has killed one person and seriously injured another.
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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.”READ MORE: NYPD Looks To Question Rahmel Howard After Broad Daylight Home Invasion On Staten Island
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.MORE NEWS: Long Island's South Shore Under High Wind Warning As Nor'easter Wraps Up
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