The woman killed in an early morning East Islip house fire Friday was an elementary school teacher who had taught for the past 29 years in the Bay Shore school district, district officials confirmed.
Suffolk County police said Laurie Addeo, 61, died in the fire that destroyed her home on Washington Avenue. Her husband, his mother and three tenants — a man, a woman and their 10-year-old son — escaped the blaze unharmed, police said.
Addeo taught second grade at Mary G. Clarkson School and had worked in the district since 1990, officials said Friday.
"Laurie Addeo was a dedicated teacher in the Bay Shore school district," Superintendent Joseph Bond said in a statement Friday. "Her bright smile was one I always looked forward to seeing when I visited Mary G. Clarkson School. The amount of care she showed for her students and the larger Bay Shore community was second to none. She will be truly missed by everyone at Bay Shore Schools. Please join me in keeping her family, students and colleagues in your thoughts."
The district said officials reached out Friday morning to parents of Addeo's students and said the district was also contacting parents and staff districtwide regarding the loss. The district said counselors were being made available for students and staff.
Addeo had also taught fifth grade at South Country Elementary School in Bay Shore. In 2007, her students served as Kidsday reporters for Newsday, writing about baseball and posting a pop quiz about the 1990s TV show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
Police said Friday's fatal fire was reported in a 911 call at 2:12 a.m. The home is between Jackson Street and Adams Street West.
Suffolk fire officials said firefighters from at least six departments responded and battled the blaze for about an hour and 40 minutes before it was brought under control. Responding departments included Islip Terrace, East Islip, Central Islip, Islip, Brentwood and East Brentwood.
Crews from Islip Exchange Ambulance, Bay Shore-Brightwaters Ambulance and Community Ambulance of Sayville also responded to the scene, officials said.
Outside the charred remains of the house on Friday afternoon, family members and visitors embraced and comforted one another. Neighbors said they and the family were not ready to speak to a reporter.
Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are investigating, as are Suffolk County and Town of Islip fire marshals. Police said initial indications are that the cause of the fire is noncriminal but would not comment further.
With Carl MacGowan