Two police officers safely evacuated a couple in their 80s and their home health care aide from a house that caught fire Thursday evening in Great Neck Estates, Nassau County police said.
The officer who first noticed and reported the fire is assigned to the Nassau County police Third Precinct. The other officer, who assisted him in the evacuation of the three occupants, is with the Great Neck Estates police department. Neither officer was identified by name.
The Nassau officer was later treated for smoke inhalation. The Great Neck Estates officer was uninjured.
The three people evacuated from the home — an 85-year-old man, his 84-year-old wife and the aide, a 48-year-old woman — all were treated at the scene for minor distress.
In a news release Friday, police said the Nassau officer was on patrol in Great Neck Estates at 5:43 p.m. when he observed heavy black smoke.
Upon investigation he found a garage at a residence on Bayview Avenue fully engulfed, police said. Police said that fire was in the process of spreading to the home — which police said was filled with smoke. The officer requested assistance firefighters from Great Neck Vigilant Engine and Hook & Ladder and from Great Neck Alert Fire Co. and then, with assistance from the Great Neck Estates police officer, managed to safely evacuate the three people inside the home.
The Arson Bomb Squad and the Nassau fire marshal responded and are investigating. The cause of the fire is considered not suspicious at this time.