Fire Kills Woman, 90, in Sayville

A fire killed a 90-year-old woman inside her unit at a retirement community in Sayville early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.

After the fire was extinguished, first responders found Elizabeth Sclafani’s body inside her home, police said. Sclafani was already dead by the time they reached her, police said.

The 4 a.m. fire destroyed a neighboring residence, which was vacant at the time, and damaged another unit, police said.

Authorities said that half a dozen fire departments responded to battle the blaze. A Sayville firefighter was hospitalized for minor injuries, police said.

After a preliminary investigation, detectives believe the origin of the fire was non-criminal, police said.

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