Fire officials: 14-year-old girl dies from injuries sustained in Elmont house fire

Other victims who were injured in the fire remain in the hospital

News 12 Staff

Oct 4, 2021, 6:05 PM

Updated 985 days ago

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A 14-year-old girl injured in an Elmont house fire died of her injuries Sunday, according to Nassau fire officials.
The fire trapped people inside 1498 Marshall St. around 6 a.m. Saturday.
Officials say firefighters pulled an 82-year-old man from the first floor and the 14-year-old from the second floor. First responders say both were in cardiac arrest.
The 14-year-old has been identified as Rifat Ali, a ninth grade student at Sewanhaka High School.
Investigators say there were other injuries in the fire, including two Nassau officers, two firefighters, a 75-year-old woman and a 17-year-old male.
In a letter to parents, district officials say Ali’s brother is in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
Neighbor Biplob Bhowmik, whose home was also damaged in the fire, says he and the Ali family are close and bought their homes the same year.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Bhowmik says.
School officials say there is support available for students, families and staff.
Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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