Boy jumps from burning Long Island home to get help

December 30, 2018 - 10:36 am

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (1010 WINS) – Two bad fires on Long Island and in Harlem Sunday morning left two people dead, including a young child. 

On Long Island, a 10-year-old boy jumped from a window to summon help after a fire broke out at a home on North 12th St. in New Hyde Park.

The boy had been at the home with his grandparents and sister when the fire erupted.  

The boy ran across the street to a neighbor’s house after jumping onto the car. 

“He was crying,” the neighbor said. “There was some kind of bruise on his elbow and some burning.”

The boy suffered a broken arm, burns and smoke inhalation after jumping from the burning home onto a car.

Nassau County Assistant Chief Fire Marshal Michael Uttaro says firefighters arrived to find the flames had trapped the grandmother and granddaughter in the home.

“When they arrived the house was fully involved – fire blowing out the windows and doors,” Uttaro said.

The boy's 68-year-old grandmother and 4-year-old sister were rescued from the second-floor and had life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The two were later pronounced dead at a hospital, according to News12

More than 200 firefighters battled the fire, according to officials. 

The grandfather and another person in the home were not injured, officials said.

Investigators were speaking with the grandfather to try to figure out what sparked the blaze.

Meanwhile, in Harlem, crews were called to 551 W. 125th St. for a fire on the fourth floor of a five-story building.

One person in that fire suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Another person had minor injuries.

The fire was under control by 4 a.m.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.