At 9:30 a.m. volunteer firefighters responded to numerous 911 calls reporting smoke coming from a home on Eastport Manor Road, officials said. Seventh Precinct patrol officers arrived to the scene at 218 Eastport Manor Rd. and discovered a house fully engulfed in flames.
Emergency workers found the home’s owner, Charles Woolsey, outside the house suffering from smoke inhalation, according to police. Another victim, who police did not identify, was found dead inside the residence, said police. A dog was also found dead in the home.
Woolsey, 68, was due in Patchogue at Sixth District Court to answer an eviction notice for the property by Suffolk County, records show. Sources said Woolsey owed a substantial amount of back taxes to the county. There was reportedly an ongoing battle between Woolsey, the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County over unpaid taxes and possession of the home.
Woolsey, who became unconscious at the scene, was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center in East Patchogue, police said.
Homicide and arson detectives are now investigating the circumstances of the fire. It was not immediately known if criminality has been suspected.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Suffolk homicide detectives at 631-852-6392.