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Cops: Girl, 8, hospitalized after SUV fire in Mastic

Firefighters investigate in Mastic after a 2003

Firefighters investigate in Mastic after a 2003 Chevy Tahoe caught fire about 3:20 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. An 8-year-old girl sitting in the backseat suffered minor burns and was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue, according to Suffolk County police. The driver, a 28-year-old woman, and a 12-year-old boy sitting in the front were not hurt. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

An 8-year-old girl was hospitalized Friday after the SUV she was riding in caught fire in Mastic, Suffolk County police said.

A 28-year-old woman was driving the 2003 Chevy Tahoe on Mastic Boulevard near Madison Street when a fire started in the back of the vehicle, where the girl was sitting, about 3:20 p.m., a police spokeswoman said.

The girl was pulled from the vehicle with minor burns and taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue.

The woman and a 12-year-old boy who had been sitting in the front seat were uninjured. None of the victims were identified by name.

Photos from the scene show a crumpled and blackened back seat in the SUV and Mastic firefighters pulling a large, charred speaker system from the vehicle’s rear.

Suffolk police’s arson squad and fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze, the spokeswoman said.

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