Skooter reporting 06/08/12
A former New York cop, his wife and two daughters were killed in a deadly house fire that was accidentally triggered by a cigarette flicked by the son, officials said today.
Larchmont police Capt. Thomas Sullivan Sr., 48, tried to save his family during the blaze in Carmel on May 1 but died in the process.
The Putnam County fire announced that the blaze started accidentally by Thomas Sullivan, Jr. 20, the lone survivor after he threw a cigarette into mulch, investigators said. Sullivan, Jr. smoked one or two on the front porch that night, between 8 and 10, slowly igniting the blaze that swallowed down the house by 1:43 a.m. officials said.
No charges will be filed against the young man. Carmel police Lt. Brian Karst said that the young man was in shock and honestly told them that he was smoking that night. Sullivan, Jr. told investigators that he was jarred awake by his dad, who perished going back inside the burning structure to rescue his family.
Capt. Sullivan’s wife, Donna, 47, and their daughters, Meaghan, 17, and Mairead, 15, perished in the deadly blaze at 19 Wyndham Lane.
Capt. Sullivan had been on the job in Larchmont since 1992. He’d previously worked in the NYPD’s 47th Precinct station house in the Bronx.
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