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Woman dies after rescue from Bohemia fire

The Bohemia Fire Department responded to a call

The Bohemia Fire Department responded to a call for an apartment fire at a complex on Middleton Road in Bohemia, fire officials said. (Jan. 11, 2013) Credit: Robert Garofalo

The 71-year-old woman rescued Friday from a Bohemia apartment fire died Saturday of her injuries, police said.

Firefighters had rescued the victim, Nancy Fives, from the second-story apartment complex on Middleton Road after responding to an emergency call at 5:35 a.m. Friday, police and fire officials said.

Fives was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Neighbors in a downstairs apartment heard smoke alarms blaring in the woman's apartment and made the emergency phone call, said Richard Andersen, chief of the Bohemia Fire Department.

Andersen said he and his second assistant chief, Sterling Haynes, were the first to respond and neighbors told them the woman who lived in the apartment was most likely still inside.

"We tried to rescue her then but were unable to get inside because of heavy smoke," Andersen said.

Only minutes later, when a crew arrived with a truck, did firefighters enter through an upstairs window and find the victim in a back bedroom, Andersen said.

Emergency personnel performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and Sayville Community Ambulance took her to Southside.

Andersen said the fire appeared to have started in the living room of the two-bedroom apartment. It took about five minutes to extinguish the fire, which generated thick, dark smoke, he said.

"Whatever ignited, I don't know," Andersen said. "But it put out thick smoke and inside the apartment it just built up; there was nowhere for the smoke to go."

A police spokeswoman said the fire is under investigation by the arson squad but does not appear to be criminal in nature.

Suffolk County fire rescue said the Sayville and Lakeland departments also responded.

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