New Rochelle house fire leaves one dead, two injured: Officials

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 11:36:05-04

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Flames engulfed a Rochelle Park house over the weekend, leaving one dead and two injured, police said Monday.

Firefighters responded to a house at 10 Hamilton Ave. around 11:41 p.m. Sunday and heard people inside yelling for help, a New Rochelle Police Department news release stated.

They were able to call to two men inside and verbally guide them to the opposite side of the house, away from the blaze.

The two men climbed onto the roof and then onto a tree before jumping 10 feet to the ground.

Both were taken to the hospital and one suffered from burns on his hands and feet.

After the men were rescued, firefighters continued to battle the fire for several hours before finally bringing it under control.

Loretta Wood, 55, was found dead in the second floor bathroom after the house was searched, police said. Her cause of death is under investigation.

New Rochelle and Westchester County officials do not believe the circumstances of the fire are suspicious. An investigation is ongoing.