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Roosevelt house fire kills 1; 2 jump from second floor

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NJ Burkett has the story from Roosevelt. (WABC)

A raging house fire on Long Island killed one person and forced two residents to jump from a second-story window early Friday morning.

Flames quickly burned through the home on Debevoise Avenue in Roosevelt just after 2:30 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, the smoke was so thick and the flames so intense that they were unable to search the home and locate the victim for more than half an hour.

After putting out the fire, firefighters discovered a the body of a 50-year-old man in a second-floor bedroom.

Authorities say the house was single-occupancy, but there were 10 adults living inside. Investigators said there did not appear to be any smoke detectors in the home.

Two other residents were forced to jump from the second floor. A man injured his ankle, while a woman hurt her hand. Both were treated at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.

The fire apparently started in the front bedroom on the ground floor and is likely due to an electrical accident. Authorities say there was an overloaded extension cord in the room.

The American Red Cross will help them find housing.
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