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Woman, 68, and girl, 4, ID'd as victims of fatal New Hyde Park house fire, police say

Police responded Sunday to a fire on North

Police responded Sunday to a fire on North 12th Street in New Hyde Park that killed two people and injured a third. Credit: Paul Mazza

Nassau police Monday identified the woman and child who died after a fire in New Hyde Park as Maria Karpinski, 68, and Brooke Schillizzi, 4.

The cause of the Sunday morning house fire on North 12th Street, which left a 10-year-old boy injured, was still being investigated, police said Monday. Two other occupants of the house escaped uninjured, officials said.

Detectives with the Nassau County Arson/Bomb Squad responded to the scene and deemed the fire noncriminal, police said.

The fire was reported shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. The house was fully engulfed in flames when the New Hyde Park Fire Department responded to the call, police said. The department was assisted by six other local fire departments consisting of approximately 11 trucks and more than 200 firefighters, police said.

There were five occupants inside the home, including Karpinski, of New Hyde Park, and the little girl, of Massapequa Park, police said. 

Both were hospitalized and later died of their injuries, police said Sunday.  

The 10-year-old boy, who police have not identified, escaped the blaze by jumping out a window and landing on a car below, New Hyde Park Fire Department Chief Brian Sherwood said Sunday. He was hospitalized and listed in stable condition, officials said Sunday.

The boy and the victims who died suffered smoke inhalation and burns of varying degrees, officials said. 

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