Officials: 8 people displaced, dog dies in Glen Cove house fire
A fire fully engulfed a 2-family home in Glen Cove Tuesday afternoon, killing a dog and leaving eight people displaced, fire officials say.
A total of 11 fire departments and the Red Cross were called to the scene at 42 Dickson St. at around 2 p.m.
Paisley Bettis says she was out for a walk with two of her children and returned to find her house in flames. Unfortunately, her dog could not be saved.
"I heard something beeping, going off, then I ran to the side and that's when I saw fire on my couch and smoke coming from my third-floor window," Bettis says. "I was running inside, and I couldn't get in."
She then banged on her neighbor's door to let them know about the fire.
All of the residents were able to make it out of the home alive.
Glen Cove Fire Chief Philip Grella says the room and second floor caved in and the fire spread quickly because of heavy winds.
"Everything collapsed down because of the volume of the fire, and it was very windy," Grella says. "That added to the extreme conditions, so we couldn't make an interior push. The weather definitely did help the fire progress very fast."
The Red Cross is helping both families find a place to stay.