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06-19-2019 | 11:30 PM | MASSAPEQUA,NY — On Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 11:30 p.m., North Massapequa Fire Department responded to a fully involved house fire at 12 Garden Avenue in Massapeuqa, New York. When firefighters arrive they found a two story single family home fully engulfed in flames. Flames lit up the night sky reaching 20 feet or greater. Mutual aid was immediately requested from nine neighboring fire departments. Sources say the flames were so intense it caught high tension wires on fire which caused the fire to spread to a neighboring home. North Massapequa Fire Department upgraded the fire to a 2nd alarm fire response at 11:57p.m. No injuries were reported. A cat in home did reportedly perish. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

06-14-2019 | 9:45 AM | PATCHOGUE,NY — Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are investigating a fatal fire that killed a resident at a Patchogue home this morning.  

Fifth Precinct officers responded to 72 Ohls St., at approximately 9:45 a.m. after a 911 caller reported a fire at the location. Elisa Doughty, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Kristle Doughty, 34, Elisa’s daughter, also a resident of the home, was transported by North Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital with burns to her arm.

Fire officials say the victim was found in the basement apartment of the home. Officials are investigating whether the basement apartment was an illegal addition.

North Patchogue Fire Department Chief Thomas Wassmer said “The stairwell becomes like a chimney and all the heat shoots up there. When she turned around, that’s when I’m figuring she got the burns, when the fire started picking up a little bit and forced her back up the stairs.”

Chief Wassmer said the elderly victim was found in the kitchen/living room area of the apartment.

North Patchogue, Hagerman, Blue Point, Patchogue and Medford Fire Departments responded to extinguish the fire.

Following a preliminary investigation, detectives believe the fire to be non-criminal in nature.

06-11-2019 | 6:15 PM | DIX HILLS,NY — Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the murder of a Dix Hills man who was found dead in his residence last night.

Armindo Reis lived alone in the residence located at 22 Penn Drive. When neighbors could not get in contact with him yesterday, they called his son. When Reis’s son arrived at the residence at approximately 6:15 p.m., he found his father unconscious and called 911.  When Second Precinct officers arrived at the scene, they found Reis had sustained a gunshot wound.

Reis, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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