Riverhead firefighters help battle deadly Manorville blaze

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | An East Moriches firefighter walks towards the scene of a deadly house fire Wednesday morning.
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | An East Moriches firefighter walks towards the scene of a deadly house fire in Manorville Wednesday morning.

Riverhead firefighters helped put out a Manorville house fire after which one woman and a dog were found dead and a man was taken to an area hospital Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The Manorville Fire Department first received a call about 9:30 a.m. for a building on fire. The house, located at the end of a long driveway at 218 Eastport Manor Road, was in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene, said Suffolk County Fire Marshal Joe Kuethen.

Firefighters located a woman’s body inside the house during a search, he said. A dog was also found dead inside the home, police said.

A resident of the house, identified by police as 68-year-old Charles Woolsey was found outside the burning home, authorities said. Mr. Woolsey, who was unconcious, was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment of smoke inhalation, police said.

An update on Mr. Woolsey’s condition was not available.

The house had a message written across its roof, according to a Newsday report. Officials declined to comment on the writing.

Riverhead fire officials got the request for aid about 10:15 a.m., and sent to the fire scene, said Riverhead first assistant chief Joseph Raynor. Riverhead firefighters helped to douse any remaining fires on the property.

Riverhead firefighters were released from the scene at 1:20 p.m.

Firefighters and ambulance volunteers from the Eastport, Center Moriches, Westhampton Beach, East Moriches, and Quogue Fire Departments were also called to the fire.

Suffolk County police are investigating the fire, and both homicide and arson squads arrived on scene later in the afternoon to investigate due to the fatality. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Suffolk County Homicide Squad detectives at (631) 852-6392.

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