A raging fire destroyed a house in Baywood early Tuesday, but the occupants of the home escaped without injuries, Suffolk County officials said.
“There were three people in the home located on Martinstein Avenue and they escaped unharmed,” a Suffolk police spokeswoman said.
The police spokeswoman and fire officials could not immediately verify whether a number of cats died in the blaze that was reported at 5:59 a.m.
Suffolk fire officials said the cause of the blaze is being investigated by the Town of Islip fire marshal and that the Red Cross had been requested to assist residents.
The home is just north of the Southern State Parkway and just east of Causeway Park.
Fire officials said firefighters from Brentwood, Deer Park, Bay Shore and West Islip all battled the blaze.
A crew from Brentwood Ambulance also was on the scene.
Photos from the location show heavy, black smoke and a raging fire ripping through the rear of the home.
— With Joan Gralla