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Woman, 2 cops hurt, 3 dogs killed in East Northport fire, officials say

Emergency personnel respond to a fire at a

Emergency personnel respond to a fire at a home in East Northport, that killed three dogs and sent a woman to the hospital Thursday afternoon Sept. 4, 2014, authorities said. Credit: Jeff DiLavore

An East Northport house fire yesterday sent the homeowner and two police officers to the hospital and killed three dogs, authorities said.

The owner of the home on Barnett Place tried to put out the fire with a garden hose so she could rescue three dogs inside, Suffolk police said. When officers arrived at about 2:40 p.m., they saw five dogs outside and flames engulfing the back of the house, police said.

The woman, 51, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was admitted for serious burns, police said.

Second Precinct officers Michael Yonelunas and Stephen Caratozzolo went into the house to try to find the trapped dogs but were turned back by heavy smoke and heat, police said. They were treated for smoke inhalation at Stony Brook University Hospital and released, police said.

Three dogs were found dead in the house, police said.

The canine survivors, between 4 and 6 years old, were taken to North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Northport.

One, a Brussels griffon, was treated for first-degree burns on her hip and singes near her tail, where embers had burned the fur, veterinarian Lauren Donovan said.

A puggle, or pug-beagle mix, was treated for smoke inhalation in the oxygen chamber, she said.

The other three dogs, also Brussels griffons, were not injured, she said: "They didn't even have a fever. They were wagging their tails."

All five dogs were taken to the town animal shelter, she said. "They got very lucky, these five," Donovan said.

Huntington Town spokesman A.J. Carter said police arson detectives are investigating, but the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

The East Northport Fire Department and several other departments responded and had the fire under control by 4 p.m., authorities said.

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