Fire investigators are coducting a grim search this morning at the wreckage of a Carmel home that collapsed after a massive fire overnight, which is believed to have claimed the lives of a Larchmont police captain, his wife and teenage daughters.
Capt. Thomas Sullivan and his family members are unaccounted for after a "rapid" fire engulfed their Carmel home in Putnam County.
Carmel Police Chief Mike Johnson would not confirm whether all four died in the fire, stressing that the 2 a.m. blaze at Wyndham Lane is still under investigation. However, other officials and published reports cited the deaths of Sullivan and his family members.
The investigation process could take weeks, Johnson said at a press conference this morning. Neither Johnson nor fire department officials would comment on a cause. Fire investigators from Putnam County and the State of New York, as well as detectives, are working the scene, Johnson said.
Sullivan's son, a college student, reportedly escaped through the garage and is being treated at an undisclosed hospital for smoke inhalation.
According to the Larchmont Police Department website, Sullivan joined the New York City Police Department in January 1986 and moved to the Larchmont Police Department in August 1992. He became a sergeant in April 1996. In April 2001, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was soon promoted to the Captain. He was the department's executive officer. Sullivan graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management.