The Hempstead Fire Department rushed to a burning home on Devon Road in Hempstead early Monday morning, but not in time to prevent one fatality.
No assistance from other fire departments was needed to control the blaze.
The fire alert came in at 5:43 this morning, said Nassau County Assistant Chief Fire Marshall James Hickman, who was at the scene.
“The Hempstead firefighters were here in about three minutes,” said Hickman. “They made an aggressive attack, but unfortunately one person perished.”
The house appeared, from the front, to have been damaged only slightly. One second-story window was broken out. Two other second-story windows stood open.
The county fire marshall’s truck sat quietly in front of the house at 8:25 Monday morning, when Hempstead Assistant Chief of Police Derek Warner arrived. He spoke to Hickman and to police officers seated in a Hempstead squad car just inside the yellow police tape that stretched across the street.
Two neighbors stood silently on the nearby cross street, Cameron Avenue. No other neighbors were in view. The street was sunny, but the atmosphere was somber.