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Huntington Station man dies, sister hurt in fire, police say

Huntington Manor and other fire departments respond to

Huntington Manor and other fire departments respond to a house fire on Dawson Street in Huntington Station on Thursday, May 5, 2016, that resulted in the death of a man and the injury of his sister, officials said. Credit: Steve Silverman

A Huntington Station man died late Thursday despite a rescue attempt by two firefighters who pulled him from his fire-ravaged home, a Suffolk County fire official said.

The two firefighters from the Huntington Manor department, Deputy Chief Jon Hoffmann and Alex Demerest, saw the victim’s leg in the house’s bathroom and pulled him out as flames engulfed the house on Dawson Street, said Paul Llobell Jr., deputy coordinator of public information for the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.

The man, Henry Lindemann, 76, was in cardiac arrest and received CPR from the two firefighters until an ambulance arrived, Llobell said.

Lindemann was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Suffolk County Police Officer Angela Ferrara, of the department’s Medical Crisis Action Team, performed advanced life support measures on Lindemann at the scene and en route to the hospital, police said.

Lindemann’s sister, Diane Lindemann, 68, was able to escape from the fire safely, police said. She was taken to Huntington Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

The 1 1⁄2-story house was heavily damaged in the fire, which was reported at 9:03 p.m. and was extinguished by 9:56 p.m., fire officials said.

Detectives do not believe the fire is suspicious but, police said, their investigation is continuing.

Llobell said the fire appears to have originated in a bedroom.

About 65 firefighters using eight trucks from the Huntington Manor, Melville, Huntington and Greenlawn fire departments responded, a fire official said.

Ambulance crews from the Melville, Dix Hills and Halesite fire departments, as well as paramedics from the Town of Huntington, assisted at the scene.

The fire is under investigation by the Suffolk County police’s Arson Squad and the Town of Huntington fire marshal.

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