A West Babylon apartment building fire roared for nearly two hours, claiming one life, before firefighters were able to contain it on Sunday afternoon.
Newsday reports North Babylon Fire Chief Thomas Jordan said a body was founded in the charred remains of an apartment at 1029 Little East Neck Road in West Babylon, but would not identify who the deceased was to reporters.
Building residents told Newsday a middle-aged woman who lived in the apartment building was not seen leaving after the fire began at around 4:30 p.m.
Arson squads remain on the scene, checking the building for any suspicious materials that might have sparked the blaze.
Firefighters from the North Babylon Fire Department were joined by crews from Babylon, East Farmingdale, West Babylon and Wyandanch to help contain the huge fire in a building that also housed a Chinese restaurant and the West Babylon Lions Club.
In related news, a North Babylon Fire Department truck was involved in a motor vehicle accident while attempting to respond to a mutual aid call on the blaze. There was no further details on that accident.