The early morning fire started at 1:26 a.m. on Sept. 14 at a home on Cornwall Lane in Hempstead. Detectives said a Hempstead Village police officer was patrolling the area when they spotted the home becoming engulfed in flames.
The officer alerted the eight people inside the house and assisted in evacuating the residents. No injuries were reported.
Police said 50 firefighters and 10 fire trucks responded to the scene to help extinguish the flames from a fire that originated outside of the rear of the home, a news release said.
A fire marshal canine unit also responded to the scene.
Nassau County Arson Squad detectives are continuing the investigation to try to learn what caused the fire. They have deemed the blaze “suspicious at this time.”
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.