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Indian American Woman Dies in Devastating House Fire While Rescuing Beloved Dog

Kashmira Patel, 60, bravely attempted to save her beloved pet, whom she cherished as family, but became trapped in the engulfed residence.


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Kashmira Patel, 60

LONG ISLAND, NY In a tragic incident on Long Island, a courageous woman lost her life while attempting to save her beloved dog during a fast-moving house fire early Tuesday morning. Nassau County officials reported that Kashmira Patel, 60, had been visiting her family at a split-level home on Lafayette Street in Williston Park when the fire erupted shortly after 3 a.m. Patel’s relatives and friends provided details surrounding the incident.


The residence housed four individuals, including Patel’s sister, her sister’s husband, and two others. Patel, along with three other individuals, had been staying at the house to attend her father’s funeral, who had passed away approximately two weeks earlier on Mother’s Day. Despite the danger posed by the rapidly spreading fire, Patel adamantly refused to abandon her home due to her deep concern for her trapped dog, whom she considered a cherished member of her family. Tragically, her valiant rescue attempt left her trapped within the engulfed structure.

According to a family member, Patel had escorted her mother out of the burning house to safety before bravely reentering to rescue her beloved pet. Regrettably, both Patel and her loyal dog perished in the flames. Nassau County Fire Chief Marshal Michael Uttaro described the scene upon arrival, stating that the house was fully consumed by the fire.

First responders from the Nassau County police and fire departments made several valiant efforts to reach Patel before an unfortunate collapse hindered their progress. Despite the hazardous conditions, they persisted and meticulously sifted through the charred debris in search of her remains.

Meanwhile, seven individuals, ranging in age from their 20s to 60s, who were awakened by the raging fire, managed to evacuate the premises on their own. These survivors, however, suffered from smoke inhalation and were promptly transported to Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Nassau University Medical Center for medical treatment.

The fire, which reduced the house to a mere shell, was ultimately brought under control around 4:30 a.m. Authorities confirmed that functional smoke detectors were present within the residence, contributing to the early detection of the fire.

As the investigation into the cause of the fire continues, a fire marshal has been assigned to the case. This devastating incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks posed by residential fires and emphasizes the importance of fire safety measures, such as the presence of working smoke detectors, to mitigate potential tragedies.

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