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One dead, two injured in North Amityville Fire

Family dog also succumbs at scene

Volunteers try to revive family dog at scene of North Amityville fire this morning. Photo by Joe TurnerVolunteers try to revive family dog at scene of North Amityville fire this morning. Photo by Joe TurnerOne man and a dog succumbed to a four-alarm blaze that broke out shortly before 11 a.m. Wed., Jan. 4 at 25 Jefferson Ave., North Amityville.

Firefighters from Amityville Village, North Amityville, Copiague, North Lindenhurst, East Farmingdale and members of the Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance Company responded.

An adult male, who does not live at the home, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

The man’s name is being withheld pending positive identification by the medical examiner.

Two women, who live at the residence, were transported to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

Two volunteers were reported to have suffered from smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene.

Efforts by rescue volunteers to save the lives of the man and the dog were unsuccessful.

Amityville Rescue volunteer Trish Hegarty said she used a special apparatus to try and revive the animal.

“We have a new device that we hook up to oxygen for animals and a few months ago, I decided to learn how to use it,” said Hegarty who tried, unsuccessfully, to revive the dog with the assistance of other volunteers.

North Amityville Fire Chief Aaron Collins was not immediately available for comment.

Photos by Joe Turner

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