New Cassel woman jumps to safety from burning home

Firefighters work on a blaze in a house Firefighters work on a blaze in a house on Prospect Avenue in New Cassel, where a woman jumped from an upper floor to avoid flames on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Photo Credit: Joseph C. Sperber

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A New Cassel woman escaped her burning home Wednesday by jumping out a window -- landing at least 10 feet below without serious trauma, authorities said.

"She did a cat jump, I guess," said Capt. LaShaun Carr, who helped fight the blaze. "Nothing broken, so she's very lucky."

He said the woman, who appeared to be in her 40s or 50s, told rescuers she had been cooking and forgot she left a pot on the stove in the kitchen.

The blaze started about 1 p.m. in the split-level house on Prospect Avenue, authorities said.

"There was a lot of smoke, and she couldn't get out," Carr said.

She ran up to a bedroom, hurled herself out the window and landed on the grass below, where firefighters spotted her as they arrived, the captain said. She was by herself, her cellphone in her hand, he said.

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"She was just sitting there in a daze," he said.

The woman was not identified by authorities. She was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow to be treated for pain and bruising but was expected to be released, Carr said.

About 40 volunteers, including from Carle Place, East Meadow and Hicksville, had the blaze under control in about a half-hour, authorities said.

An investigator from the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office said the fire was deemed accidental and that the burn damage was largely confined to the kitchen, with smoke damage in the rest of the house.

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