Fire investigators are conducting a grim search this morning at the wreckage of a Carmel home that collapsed after a massive blaze overnight, which is believed to have claimed the lives of a Larchmont police captain, his wife and teenage daughters.
Capt. Thomas Sullivan and his family members are unaccounted for after a "rapid" fire engulfed their Carmel home. Firefighters said that within 10 minutes of their arrival at the home the structure collapsed — with none of the trapped family members able to get out.
Carmel Police Chief Mike Johnson would not confirm whether all four died in the fire, stressing that the 2 a.m. blaze at Wyndham Lane is still under investigation. However, other officials and published reports cited the deaths of Sullivan and his family members.
The investigation process could take weeks, Johnson said at a press conference this morning. Neither Johnson nor fire department officials would comment on a cause. Fire investigators from Putnam County and the State of New York, as well as detectives and an excavator, are working the scene, Johnson said.
Sullivan's son, a college student, reportedly escaped through the garage and is being treated at an undisclosed hospital for smoke inhalation. Larchmont police officials were in Putnam County this morning working in conjunction with local officials.
According to the Larchmont Police Department Web site, Sullivan joined the New York City Police Department in January 1986 and moved to the Larchmont Police Department in August 1992. He became a sergeant in April 1996. In April 2001, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was soon promoted to the Captain. He was the department's executive officer. Sullivan graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management.