Officials: Senior couple hospitalized in Roosevelt house fire
A senior couple was hospitalized in a fire in Roosevelt early Friday, officials say.
News 12 is told they were taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where the female victim is in critical condition and the male victim is in serious condition.
The fire broke out at the home on East Raymond Avenue around 8:45 a.m.
Fire officials say the first police officers and firefighters on the scene ran to the back of the house, used sledgehammers and their bare hands to tear down a wall and pull the couple to safety.
"Very daring - it was very hot - it was a very daring rescue, but they did a great job," says Uniondale Fire Department First Assistant Chief Jessica Ellerbe.
A total of 14 departments and 70 firefighters spent around 90 minutes to put out the fire.
Neighbors say they are hoping for the couple's recovery.
"They were very quiet, kept to themselves, they've been here for over 20 years plus," says Valentine Shery.
Chief Fire Marshal Michael Uttaro says the fire spread to a neighboring structure and damaged another structure on the other side.
He says there was an adult and a child that were injured in the neighboring structure, but they refused medical attention.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire.
Fire officials say one police officer was treated for minor injuries.
The names of the victims have not been released.