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Officials: Woman hospitalized after fleeing Amityville house fire

One woman was taken to a hospital with

One woman was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries after she escaped from a window to flee a house fire on Prospect Street in Amityville early Monday morning, officials said. (July 1, 2013) Credit: Paul Mazza

One woman was hospitalized suffering from smoke inhalation after escaping from a fully engulfed house fire in Amityville on Monday, Amityville police and fire officials said.

The identity of the woman was not immediately known.

Amityville Assistant Fire Chief Leland Greey said two volunteer firefighters from the department also were treated for heat exhaustion suffered battling the blaze at the house on Prospect Street. Officials earlier reported the location as being on nearby Richmond Avenue.

The fire was reported at 5:42 a.m., Amityville police said.

Greey said the fire was brought under control about one hour later. Firefighters from Copiague and North Amityville also fought the blaze.

The woman was in a first-floor room and managed to escape through a window, Greey said.

Next-door neighbor Theresa Aquaviva said she woke up when she felt the heat and heard the crackling of the fire.

She and her young son evacuated the house and saw her neighbor in the fetal position in her back yard, covered in soot.

Aquaviva said she and her son took the neighbor to the front porch of another neighbor's house where they awaited help.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Babylon Fire Marshal. A vehicle parked in the driveway also was damaged by the fire.

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