A Long Island house fire claimed the lives of four people on Oct. 11. According to the New York Times, one woman and her three children were killed in a "fast-moving" fire that ripped through their home late last night. Investigators believe that the blaze originated in the family's living room however an exact cause has not been determined.
"The woman, Jennifer McCusker, 41, was apparently trying to rescue her 2-year-old twins from their cribs when she was overcome by smoke, according to the authorities. The Suffolk County Police Department identified the children as Aidan Tarbell, 7; Ava Jane Mistretta, 2; and her twin brother, Brendan Mistretta," the New York Times reported.
The Long Island house fire had neighbors very upset. Everything happened so quickly and things really escalated at a fast pace. One minute there was a glow from a room in the house and the next the whole house was up in flames. "I first saw a glow, which appeared to be from the living room and in the time it took for me to run across the street, there was a boom, and the whole house was engulfed," said neighbor, Ruthann Krafve.
Ms. McCusker was very well-liked and a lot of people had very nice things to say about her and her family.
More on the Long Island house fire in the video above.
© Effie Orfanides 2013