Several people were hurt in an early-morning house fire in Elmont on Saturday,...

Several people were hurt in an early-morning house fire in Elmont on Saturday, say Nassau County officials. Credit: Lou Minutoli

Nassau County police and firefighters rescued multiple people from a house fire in Elmont early Saturday that left four people hospitalized — including a 14-year-old girl and an elderly man who were in critical condition Saturday night, according to Nassau County police and fire officials.

Police removed an 82-year-old man from the first floor of the Marshall Street home while firefighters pulled the 14-year-old girl from the second floor. A 75-year-old woman was also rescued from a window on the first floor. Two other male occupants of the home, ages 17 and 30, managed to get out on their own from a rear second-floor window.

The 75-year-old woman and the 17-year-old boy were in stable condition, according to Nassau County police. Police said other occupants of the home refused medical attention.

Two Elmont firefighters were released from a hospital after being treated for burns, said Nassau County Chief Fire Marshal Michael F. Uttaro. Two Nassau County police officers were also treated for smoke inhalation, police said.

About 45 minutes after the blaze broke out at 5:59 a.m., the firefighters had the flames under control, said Nassau Assistant Chief Fire Marshal James Hickman

"The house sustained severe damage throughout, I would say," said Hickman. "I don't know if it structurally has to come down but the interior has to be gutted throughout."

Firefighters began arriving four to six minutes after the fire was reported, Hickman said in a text message.

"The fire department did an excellent job of both rescuing the people and did a very aggressive and effective extinguishment of the fire," Hickman said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Uttaro said the home did not appear to have working smoke detectors. The Nassau Fire Marshal's Office and county police will conduct a joint investigation, which is the usual procedure.

Firefighters and first responders assisted from the following departments: Franklin Square, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Valley Stream, Hewlett, Lakeview, Malverne and Mineola Volunteer Ambulance, Uttaro said.

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