Two firefighters responding to a call burst into a fully involved house fire in Huntington Manor late Thursday and pulled an unconscious man from the blaze in a daring attempt to save him, authorities said.
The victim, identified as William Lindemann, was found in cardiac arrest and rushed from his home on Dawson Street to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Paul Llobell Jr., deputy coordinator of public information for the Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services.
Llobell said Lindemann’s sister was taken to Huntington Hospital with minor injuries.
The two Huntington Manor firefighters, deputy chief Jon Hoffmann and Alex Demerest, saw the victim’s leg in the home’s restroom and pulled him out, Llobell said. Outside the house, they performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.
The 1 1⁄2-story house was heavily damaged in the fire, which was reported at 9:03 p.m. and was extinguished by 9:56 p.m., officials said.
Firefighters from the Huntington Manor, Huntington, Dix Hills and Melville departments assisted. The Greenlawn department assisted Huntington during the call-out, and the Huntington Community First Aid Squad helped transport at least one victim from the scene.
Llobell said the fire’s point of origin appeared to be a bedroom in the house. He said 50 or more firefighters were on hand to battle the blaze.
More than a dozen firefighting vehicles lined Dawson Street late Thursday night.
Suffolk County police Second Precinct officers kept onlookers behind yellow police tape as firefighters doused the blaze.
Suffolk Arson Squad detectives arrived about 10:30 p.m., but it was unclear whether foul play was suspected.
Residents gathered along the street near the emergency vehicles, but said they were unsure what had happened to their neighbors.