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NYPD officer injured at Wheatley Heights fire, cops say

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An NYPD officer was treated for smoke inhalation after stopping to help at a Wheatley Heights fire on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Suffolk County police said on Wednesday. (Credit: Steve Pfost)

An NYPD officer was treated for smoke inhalation early Wednesday after stopping to help at a Wheatley Heights fire, Suffolk County police said.

The officer was one of two NYPD officers who were returning to the city after dropping off a police surgeon at her Long Island home, Suffolk police said.

The surgeon had been treating the NYPD detective who was shot in Brooklyn Tuesday, police said.

The two officers responded to a fire about 12:15 a.m. at a home on Ridge Road, police said.

The officers found that no residents were inside the burning home but some dogs were, a police spokeswoman said.

The officers were able to free all but one dog from the home, she said. That dog died at the scene.

Police did not immediately know how many dogs were inside the home.

One of the officers was treated at a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation, the spokeswoman said.

The Suffolk arson squad is investigating, she said.

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