A Bay Shore homeowner and two firefighters were injured when a blaze destroyed the homeowner's ranch-style house Tuesday night.
Two other residents escaped injury and a cat that lived in the house died, despite being taken to a veterinarian for treatment, said West Islip Fire Chief Blaise Gemellaro.
The injured homeowner and the two firefighters were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The homeowner had a high blood level of carbon monoxide, Gemellaro said.
Flames were shooting out of the front door of the McCall Avenue house by the time firefighters arrived after receiving a report of a blaze at 8:58 p.m., said West Islip Fire Department spokesman Rich Naeder. He said the cause of the fire is unknown.
The fire left several homes without power on a night when low temperatures dipped into the 20s in some parts of Long Island.
"The house is relatively destroyed," Naeder said. "The whole block is out of power at this point," he said."
Six fire departments responded to the blaze.