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Family Of Four Rescued, Dog Dies In Long Island House Fire

197 Ecker Ave. in West Babylon.
197 Ecker Ave. in West Babylon. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A family of four was rescued after an alert patrol officer observed smoke coming from a Long Island home overnight.

The house fire happened on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at about 4 a.m. in West Babylon.

During routine patrol, Suffolk County Police Officer Avital Donnenfeld observed smoke emanating from the area of Ecker Avenue and Route 109. Upon further investigation, he determined the smoke was coming from the home located at 197 Ecker Ave., police said.

Donnenfeld was able to wake resident Theresa Hoffman, who alerted her husband, Jason, who was in the shower at the time. The Hoffmans and Officer Donnenfeld assisted the couple’s two sons, ages 6 and 12, to evacuate the home. No one was injured.

The family’s dog, Riley, a 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, died in the fire.

Arson Section detectives are investigating the cause of the fire, which is believed to be non-criminal.

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