Suffolk County

Man, Dog Killed When Long Island Home Goes Up in Flames

Authorities are investigating a Suffolk County house fire that killed a man in his 40s and at least one dog, police and family say. 

Officials responded to the two-story home on Jefferson Avenue in North Amityville after getting a 911 call around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday. 

According to family, the man was in the home with his girlfriend and her 23-year-old daughter; the daughter and man were sleeping when flames broke out. 

The daughter escaped, but says the man was engulfed by flames and, despite her pleas, he didn't move.

The mother and daughter were transported to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries, police said. 

Suffolk police say the man, identified as 45-year-old Hector Rodriguez, did not live at the home. Homicide and arson detectives are investigating. 

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