Police: 6 people, dog rescued from burning North Lindenhurst home
A fire fully engulfed a home in North Lindenhurst early Saturday morning, leading to a dramatic rescue.
Police say the flames on 45th Street happened around 2 a.m. Saturday.
Two officers in an unmarked police vehicle happened to be in the area and rushed to the scene.
The officers used a ladder in the backyard to climb up and rescue Mike Marrone, his wife, three children and their pet dog, who were all trapped one the second floor, officials said.
Moments before the two officers showed up, Marrone says he was planning to jump from the second story window to retrieve the ladder and save his family.
“Thankfully those officers, as I opened my window, were right there,” he said.
Marrone informed the officers about the ladder near his shed as they told him to drop his children out the window and into their arms.
“They grabbed it. They jumped up, handed the kids down, the dog down, my wife got out, I got out,” he said.
The Marrone family are currently staying with family members, according to authorities.
Maggie Leontankianakos, a tenant on the first floor of the home who had been asleep at the time, says she is lucky to be alive.
“They actually alerted us before we started looking for help. They took a ladder and helped the upstairs people come down from a window. I came out through the back,” she said. “They ran around the back, banged on my back door and then called up to the other people upstairs.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, authorities say.
Although both Leontankianakos the Marrone family lost many possessions, they are grateful for the help of the two officers.
“If those guys weren't there, it could have taken an extra minute or two and the ceiling could've collapsed on me because the attic was on fire,” said Marrone.
“Phenomenal. Always have to look out for our first responders,” said Leontankianakos.
A GoFundMe page has been created for the victims of the fire.