Authorities search for cause of Long Island fire that killed 71-year-old woman

CORAM, N.Y. — A 71-year-old woman is dead after a fire tore through an apartment building on Long Island early Tuesday, officials said.

The five-alarm blaze started at about 2:40 a.m. at the Fairfield Courtyard at the Coram Apartments along Country Club Drive.

According to Suffolk County fire officials, officers on scene reported the building was fully engulfed in flames.

Officers assisted in evacuating residents from the apartment and surrounding buildings.

The woman killed has been identified as resident Susan Harelick, police said. No other injuries were immediately reported.

Harelick was found right outside her apartment, under some debris that fell from the home. However, police said they don't know if it was the debris or smoke inhalation that killed her.

One of Harelick's neighbors told PIX11 she was "a nice lady," and that she was disabled and used a wheelchair.

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