The calls over the police airwaves alerted of “a working fire” on Oak Street in Central Islip — with “children inside,” said Officer Sergio Rivera with Suffolk County police.
“That added urgency,” to his response, Rivera told Newsday on Friday night.
He and colleague, Officer James Galanos, were first on scene to the smoky two-story home shortly after 3 p.m. Friday.
They were greeted by two boys, brothers, ages 11 and 13, who had just exited the front door, police said. The children made it out of the home, but their agony was immediately apparent, Rivera said.