1 killed, 1 injured in Westbury house fire

? One person is dead and another injured after a house fire that broke out in Westbury Tuesday morning. The house, located on Pilgrim Lane near Eisenhower Park, was gutted by the flames. Neighbors say

News 12 Staff

Jan 28, 2009, 12:23 AM

Updated 5,655 days ago

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? One person is dead and another injured after a house fire that broke out in Westbury Tuesday morning.
The house, located on Pilgrim Lane near Eisenhower Park, was gutted by the flames. Neighbors say they tried to get into the house, but the flames and heat were too much to handle. By the time firefighters from the East Meadow and Westbury fire departments arrived at the scene at around 7:30 a.m., the home was engulfed.
The flames were brought under control in about two hours, but Tom Sinclair was found dead on the second floor. His 20-year-old son Michael suffered minor injuries.
?We were able to make entry into the location [and] knock down a heavy body of fire,? East Meadow Fire Chief Eric Becker says. ?We made our way to the second floor where we met with another heavy wall of fire. We were able to knock that down and that's where we found the victim.?
Nassau fire officials say the blaze began in the first-floor den, but the exact cause remains under investigation.
Fire investigators believe the two occupants tried to fight the fire themselves and delayed in calling 911. They believe that may have contributed to it being a fatal fire.


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