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Carmel fire claimed four lives

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in Carmel stands almost a year after the family died in their home which accidentially caught fire. Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

The anniversary of the Sullivan family home fire is May 1. A Larchmont police captain, his wife and their two daughters died Tuesday morning after a fire swept through their house at 19 Wyndham Lane, Carmel, officials said.Friends identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. (May 3, 2012)

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in
Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in Carmel stands almost a year after the family died in their home which accidentially caught fire.

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in
Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in Carmel stands almost a year after the family died in their home which accidentially caught fire.

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in
Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in Carmel stands almost a year after the family died in their home which accidentially caught fire.

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in
Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

Only the mailbox of the Sullivan home in Carmel stands almost a year after the family died in their home which accidentially caught fire.

Mourners attend the wake for the Sullivan family
Photo Credit: Lee Higgins

Mourners attend the wake for the Sullivan family at the Balsamo-Cordovano Funeral Home in Carmel. Early Tuesday morning a fire broke out in the Sullivan home, killng Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. The Sullivans' son Tommy Jr., 20, is the only survivor. (May 3, 2012)

The wreckage of the Sullivan family home in
Photo Credit: Lee Higgins

The wreckage of the Sullivan family home in Carmel, which burned down early Tuesday morning, killing Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. His son Tommy Jr. is the only survivor. (May 3, 2012)

Mourners attend the wake for the Sullivan family
Photo Credit: Lee Higgins

Mourners attend the wake for the Sullivan family at the Balsamo-Cordovano Funeral Home in Carmel. Early Tuesday morning a fire broke out in the Sullivan home, killing Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. His son Tommy Jr. is the only survivor. (May 3, 2012)

A memorial outside the wreckage of the Sullivan
Photo Credit: Lee Higgins

A memorial outside the wreckage of the Sullivan family home in Carmel which burned down early Tuesday morning, killing Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. His son Tommy Jr. is the only survivor. (May 3, 2012)

Carmel resident Vinnie Dibenedetto, watching the scene of
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

Carmel resident Vinnie Dibenedetto, watching the scene of the fire, says he came to "say a prayer to remember and not to forget about them." Dibenedetto said he checked his smoke alarms and found one of them faulty, saying "one can draw light from tragedy." Officials identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. Sullivan's son Tommy Jr. is the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

A collection box at Hannaford's Grocery store in
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

A collection box at Hannaford's Grocery store in Carmel to support Tommy Sullivan Jr., the only survivor of a fire that killed his father, Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his mother, Donna, 47, and sisters Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15, on May 1. (May 2, 2012)

A flag is flown at half-staff at Carmel
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

A flag is flown at half-staff at Carmel High School in memory of students Meghan Sullivan, 18, and her sister Mairead, 15, who died in a fire in their home along with their father Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, and mother Donna, 47. Their brother Tommy Jr. is the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

Flowers placed at the scene of a devastating
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

Flowers placed at the scene of a devastating fire at the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont, on 19 Wyndham Lane in Carmel. Officials identified the dead as Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. Sullivan's son Tommy Jr. is the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

Sean Barresi, of Carmel, views the remains of
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

Sean Barresi, of Carmel, views the remains of a devastating fire at the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont. Barresi, who had lived in Larchmont and now lives around the corner from Wyndham Lane, remembers Capt. Sullivan as "a nice cop and a really good guy" who was "well known to all the young guys in Larchmont." Officials identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. His son, Tommy Jr. is the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

Sean Barresi, of Carmel, views the remains of
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

Sean Barresi, of Carmel, views the remains of a devastating fire at the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont. Barresi, who lived in Larchmont and now lives around the corner from Wyndham Lane, remembers Capt. Sullivan as "a nice cop and a really good guy" who was "well known to all the young guys in Larchmont." Officials identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. His son, Tommy Jr. is the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

Carmel Fire Chief Bob Lipton, left, and Michael
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

Carmel Fire Chief Bob Lipton, left, and Michael Nesheiwat, a fire department board member, visits neighbors of the Sullivan family on Wyndham Lane to inform them of a community grief support meeting taking place Wednesday evening at the Carmel firehouse. Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, died in a fire with his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. His son Tommy Jr. was the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

From left, Carmel Fire Department Capt. Robert Lipton
Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

From left, Carmel Fire Department Capt. Robert Lipton Jr., Chief Robert Lipton Sr. and board member Michael Nesheiwat, at the fire department,prepare for evening grief sessions being held on site for Laurel Farms residents and responders. (May 2, 2012)

This diagram provided by the Carmel Building Department
Photo Credit: Carmel Building Department

This diagram provided by the Carmel Building Department shows the front facade of the Sullivan home, where Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, his wife and two teenage daughters all died of smoke inhalation in the fire that has been traced to the north side of their Carmel house, officials said Wednesday. Investigators still have not announced a cause. (May 2, 2012)

This diagram provided by the Carmel Building Department
Photo Credit: Carmel Building Department

This diagram provided by the Carmel Building Department shows the floor plan of the Sullivan home, where Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, his wife and their two teenage daughters died in a fire early Tuesday morning in Carmel. (May 2, 2012)

This diagram provided by the Carmel Building Department
Photo Credit: Carmel Building Department

This diagram provided by the Carmel Building Department shows the floor plan for the second floor of the Sullivan home. The home was engulfed in flames early Tuesday morning, killing Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, his wife and their two teenage daughters. Only their son managed to survive. The drawing depicts a bedroom on the north side, where police said the fire originated. (May 2, 2012)

The scene of a devastating fire at the
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

The scene of a devastating fire at the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont. The home is on 19 Wyndham Lane in Carmel. Officials identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. His son Tommy Jr. was the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

A neighbor enters his home on Wyndham Lane,
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

A neighbor enters his home on Wyndham Lane, near the scene of a devastating fire at the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont. The home is at 19 Wyndham Lane in Carmel. Officials identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. The Sullivans' son Tommy Jr. was the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

The scene of a devastating fire at the
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

The scene of a devastating fire at the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont. The home is on 19 Wyndham Lane in Carmel. Officials identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. The Sullivans' son Tommy Jr. was the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

The damage to a neighboring home on Wyndham
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

The damage to a neighboring home on Wyndham Lane in Carmel where the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont, burned down early Tuesday morning. Officials identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. The Sullivans' son Tommy Jr. was the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

A neighbor enters his home on Wyndham Lane,
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

A neighbor enters his home on Wyndham Lane, near the scene of a devastating fire at the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont. The home is at 19 Wyndham Lane in Carmel. Officials identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. The Sullivans' son Tommy Jr. was the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

The scene of a devastating fire at the
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

The scene of a devastating fire at the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont. The home is at 19 Wyndham Lane in Carmel. Officials identified the dead as Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force, his wife, Donna, 47, and their children Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. The Sullivans' son Tommy Jr. was the only survivor. (May 2, 2012)

Images from a News 12 helicopter of the
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Images from a News 12 helicopter of the remains of the Sullivan home in Carmel after it was engulfed in flames Tuesday. (May 1, 2012)

An aerial view from a News 12 helicopter
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An aerial view from a News 12 helicopter shows the Sullivan home in Carmel on Tuesday after it was ravaged by fire. (May 1, 2012)

The view from a News 12 helicopter of
Photo Credit: News 12

The view from a News 12 helicopter of the Sullivan home in Carmel after it was destroyed by a fire Tuesday, killing four of the five family members inside. (May 1, 2012)

Neighbor Theresa Karpenick speaks about the Sullivan family
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

Neighbor Theresa Karpenick speaks about the Sullivan family and the devastating loss of life that occurred Tuesday morning at the Sullivan family home in Carmel. Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont, died in the fire along with his wife and two daughters. The Sullivans' son, Tommy Jr., was the only survivor. (May 1, 2012)

Carmel Police Chief Mike Johnson speaks at a
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

Carmel Police Chief Mike Johnson speaks at a news conference at the scene of a devastating fire at the family home of Thomas Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont. At right is Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell, who knew the family. Sullivan died in the fire along with his wife and two daughters. The Sullivans' son, Tommy Jr., was the only survivor. (May 1, 2012)

The scene near the Sullivan home after a
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

The scene near the Sullivan home after a devastating fire Tuesday killed four of the five family members at the Carmel residence. (May 1, 2012)

The scene on the street in Carmel on
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

The scene on the street in Carmel on Tuesday where a devastating fire destroyed a home, killing police Capt. Tom Sullivan and three of his family members. (May 1, 2012)

Two vehicles, one badly burnt out is removed
Photo Credit: AP

Two vehicles, one badly burnt out is removed from the scene of the house fire. A police captain, his wife and two teenage daughters died in a fire that swept through their home early Tuesday. Larchmont, N.Y. police identified the dead as Thomas Sullivan of the Larchmont police, his wife, Donna, and their two daughters. A son escaped from the burning Carmel home in Putnam County, about 60 miles north of New York City. (May 1, 2012)

Fire Department personnel set up a temporary station
Photo Credit: AP

Fire Department personnel set up a temporary station near the hidden-from-view destroyed home on Wyndham Lane after a devastating fire in Carmel. A police captain, his wife and two teenage daughters died in a fire that swept through their home early Tuesday. Larchmont, N.Y. police identified the dead as Thomas Sullivan of the Larchmont police, his wife, Donna, and their two daughters. A son escaped from the burning Carmel home in Putnam County, about 60 miles north of New York City. (May 1, 2012)

The scene on the street in Carmel where
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

The scene on the street in Carmel where a devastating house fire killed Tom Sullivan, a police captain in Larchmont, and his wife and two daughters. His son, Tom Jr., was the lone survivor. (May 1, 2012)

A view from between some trees of the
Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

A view from between some trees of the Sullivan home in Carmel after fire destroyed it early Tuesday, killing four of the five family members who were inside. (May 1, 2012)

The Sullivan family, from left, Meghan, 18; Tommy,
Photo Credit: Putnam County executive's office

The Sullivan family, from left, Meghan, 18; Tommy, 20; Donna, 47; Thomas, 48, who as captain was second in command of the Larchmont Police Department; and Mairead, 15. (May 1, 2012)

A neighborhood sign shows the community development in
Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

A neighborhood sign shows the community development in Carmel where the Sullivan family lived. A fire that engulfed the home early Tuesday killed Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont force; his wife, Donna, 47; and their children, Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. (May 1, 2012)

The street corner in Carmel closest to the
Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

The street corner in Carmel closest to the Sullivan home, which was destroyed by fire early Tuesday. Killed were Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, of the Larchmont police force; his wife, Donna, 47; and their daughters, Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15. (May 1, 2012)

Captain Thomas J. Sullivan of the Larchmont Police
Photo Credit: Larchmont Police Department

Captain Thomas J. Sullivan of the Larchmont Police Department, who died along with his wife and their two daughters in an early-morning fire Tuesday at their home in Carmel. (May 1, 2012)

An undated family photo of the Sullivans in
Photo Credit: Putnam County executive's office

An undated family photo of the Sullivans in front of their Carmel home: from left, Donna, 47; Meghan, 18; Tommy, 20; Mairead, 15; and Tom, 48. All but the son died in a fire early Tuesday. (May 1, 2012)

Carmel police Officer Louis Opreato at the scene
Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

Carmel police Officer Louis Opreato at the scene of an early-morning fire on Wyndham Lane in Carmel that claimed the lives of Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, who was second in command of the Larchmont police force; his wife, Donna, 47; and their daughters Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 12. Their son, Tommy, managed to escape. (May 1, 2012)

Cars are removed from Wyndham Lane in Carmel,
Photo Credit: Betty Ming Liu

Cars are removed from Wyndham Lane in Carmel, where an early-morning fire killed Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, of the Larchmont Police Department; his wife, Donna, 47; and their daughters Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 12. (May 1, 2012)

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