Fire guts East Norwich home; no one hurt

A fire burned much of a East Norwich A fire burned much of a East Norwich home Friday, but no one was hurt, Nassau police said. (May 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Mark Bellew

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A fire burned much of a East Norwich home Friday, but no one was hurt, authorities said.

The 44-year-old homeowner was in a second-floor bedroom at 18 Gabriel Dr. when she heard her dog barking and people yelling outside shortly after 1:20 p.m., Nassau police said.

When she looked out the front door, flames were burning the outside of her house, police said.

She escaped her home unharmed by going through the garage, police said.

About 75 firefighters from five departments -- East Norwich, Roslyn, Syosset, Oyster Bay and Sea Cliff -- put out the fire, police said.

Investigators from the arson squad and the county fire marshal's office were at the scene until late afternoon.

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The blaze originated in an exterior part of the house, said James Hickman, supervisor of the fire investigations division at the marshal's office.

It was not deemed suspicious but investigators were trying to determine the cause, he said.

Hickman praised firefighters for getting the blaze under control despite challenges.

"It was a long way from the road, and there were power lines down," he said.

No other details were available Friday night.

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