Update (3 p.m.): Suffolk County police said in a press release that the fire that killed a Jamesport man early Sunday “does not appear criminal at this time.”
Riverhead police responded to a 911 call of a fire at 66 St. Marys Drive at 4:12 a.m. A man, who has not been identified, was found dead in the house. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.
Update (2 p.m.): Police at the scene of a house fire in Jamesport say a body has been located amid the debris. The remains were carried out under a white sheet into a Suffolk County medical examiner’s van shortly before 2 p.m.
Crime scene investigators with the Suffolk County Police Department are also at the scene along with Riverhead detectives.
Police say a loud explosion could be heard blocks away at around 4 a.m. That was followed by what sounded like ammunition going off.
Additional information was not yet available.
Original Story: A home on St. Marys Drive in Jamesport was destroyed by a fire early Sunday morning.
The Riverhead Fire Marshal and investigators with the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad were on scene Sunday morning, examining through the debris, which was still smoking shortly before 11 a.m. A police K-9 could be seen searching the smoldering remains.
The Suffolk County medical examiner’s office was also headed to the scene shortly before 1 p.m. and Suffolk County Police were sending a crime scene unit.
People at the scene said they heard an explosion around 4 a.m. followed by smaller explosions that sounded like gun fire.
Multiple fire departments responded to the scene, led by the Jamesport Fire Department.
It wasn’t immediately clear the extent of any injuries or whether anyone was inside the home at the time of the fire. Riverhead Town police said Sunday morning the scene remains under investigation.
A car at the house was also destroyed by the fire.