Officials: North Hills fire not suspicious
The fire that severely damaged a North Hills home Saturday does not appear to be suspicious, fire officials said Sunday.
Mike Farrone, deputy chief of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department, said there was no indication so far that criminality was involved in the cause of the blaze.
Officials from the Nassau County fire marshal's office were at the scene Sunday investigating the fire.
More than 100 firefighters from about 10 departments battled the blaze in the two-story home at 32 Stone Hill Dr. South on Saturday night, officials said.
Authorities were alerted to the blaze shortly after 8 p.m., said Mike Uttaro, public information officer for the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department.
The owners, a husband and wife, were in the 4,500-square-foot home when the fire started, but waited outside for firefighters to arrive, Uttaro said. Neither was injured and the couple stayed with relatives Saturday night, officials said.
Uttaro said firefighters initially fought the blaze in the basement and in some of the walls.
Twenty minutes later, the first floor of the home collapsed and the firefighters left the house and fought the blaze from outside, Uttaro said.
The home is in a gated community located on the former estate of William S. Paley, founder and former chairman of CBS.
The fire had not spread to any other homes on the site, Uttaro said.