A man and his dog were killed in a Greenport house fire Wednesday night as a passerby attempted a rescue, Southold Town police said Thursday.
Jack Pollack, 61, who was physically handicapped, was unable to escape the fire that started in a front room at his First Street home, police said.
Burn damage was clearly visible Thursday on one side of the house, which had a wheelchair ramp leading to the front door.
Firefighters were notified shortly before 6:45 p.m., and neighbors who ran out could do little but watch the fast-moving fire.
"The one front room was a ball of flames," said Barton Corwin, who lives a few houses away. "How it got going so fast and so hard, I don't know."
Pollack's wife, Karen, 58, was in the basement doing chores when smoke began filling the house, but she escaped with minor injuries, police said.
A passerby, Wade Hackett, 41, of Greenport, attempted to enter the house but was not successful, police said.
"As police pulled up, he was trying to kick in the front door," said Det. Sgt. John Sinning.
Karen Pollack and firefighter Jeffrey Weingart, 30, were treated at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport and released. The nature of their injuries was not immediately known.
The cause of the fire is being investigated, but police said it does not appear to be suspicious.
Arriving firefighters saw flames shooting out of the roof, windows and front door. Jack Pollack was found in the living room, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The couple's dog, a Labrador retriever, also died in the fire, authorities said.
With Gary Dymski