Man Dies in Long Island House Fire

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013  |  Updated 5:45 PM EDT
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Man Dies in Long Island House Fire

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Authorities are investigating the cause of an early morning house fire that claimed the life of a Long Island man.

Officials say the blaze in Massapequa Park does not appear to be suspicious, but the Arson Bomb squad is investigating.
 
Detectives say about 100 firefighters responded to the blaze at a home on Van Buren Street shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday.
 
"The flames were coming out the windows, and then you just watched the house engulfed in flames in slow motion -- but it was only minutes," said neighbor Helen Cunningham. 
 
Another neighbor across the street said people tried to help the man who lived inside, throwing rocks at the window to try and break windows. 
 
The victim was discovered on the second floor of the home and pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released but neighbors describe him as a quiet man who kept to himself.
 
No other injuries were reported.
 
 
 

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