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Man, 63, dies in Manhasset fire

A 63-year-old man was killed and a 69-year-old woman was injured when a late-night fire roared through a home in Manhasset Sunday, officials said.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by “careless disposal of smoking materials.”

The fire at 96 Grandview Ave. was reported at 10:45 p.m., Nassau County police said, after the homeowner smelled smoke coming from a basement apartment in the home. The owner, who was not identified by police, told investigators he heard a tenant “yelling for help” — but was unable to reach the downstairs area “due to the thick smoke.”

The owner then evacuated his own family from the home and called 911, police said.

Officials said four people suffered minor injuries. A dog also died in the blaze. The 69-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at a local hospital. The identities of the other injured were not released. A man who answered the phone at the Manhasset Fire Department said he could not comment on the fire — but said he would contact the fire chief. The call was not immediately returned Monday.

Police, however, said more than 120 volunteer firefighters battled the blaze and had 11 pieces of equipment on scene, but were unable to gain access to the home until the fire was extinguished — due to the smoke and flames. It was unclear how badly the home was damaged in the fire.

Police said fire marshals and Arson-Bomb Squad investigators ruled the fire accidental.

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