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Kings Park house fire injures man, say officials

Firefighters work to put out a house fire

Firefighters work to put out a house fire on Primrose Lane in Kings Park on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. A 24-year-old man was injured in the blaze, which began in the kitchen, according to Suffolk police and fire officials. Photo Credit: Joseph C. Sperber

A 24-year-old man suffered severe burns after a fire started in the kitchen of his Kings Park home, Suffolk County police and Kings Park fire officials said.

The call for the fire on Primrose Lane came in at 4:21 p.m. Friday, said Dan Guilfoil, chief of the Kings Park Fire Department.

"When I pulled up, there was a large column of smoke from the house. Flames were visible on the west side of the house," he said.

Several people were on the home's front lawn, including "the resident, who was injured," Guilfoil said.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken by Kings Park Fire Department ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital in "serious but nonlife threatening" condition, said Guilfoil. An update on the man's condition was not immediately available on Saturday.

Fire department members rescued a cat and ensured no one else was in the home, Guilfoil said. "We stretched a hose to the front door and extinguished the fire," he said, adding that the flames were brought under control in about 30 minutes.

Fire departments from Kings Park, Smithtown and Commack responded to the scene, he said.

Philip Carroll, senior fire marshal for the Town of Smithtown's Department of Public Safety, said the fire spread throughout the west side of the ranch-style home, and smoke and water damage are evident throughout. "The structure was declared unsafe by the Town of Smithtown Building Department," said Carroll.

The Suffolk County Police Arson Squad and the Smithtown fire marshal are investigating the fire, officials said.

No further details were immediately available.


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