Lattingtown (WALK) - A fire at an old North Shore estate claimed a woman's life Thursday morning, just as Long Island's latest snow storm struck.
The homeowners of the mansion in Lattingtown woke up just before 4:30 AM to the smell of smoke and saw that a cottage attached to the house was on fire, detectives said. With heat and smoke consuming the cottage and preventing them from getting inside, the homeowners then called 911, cops said.
Police report that 75 firefighters from 12 surrounding fire departments were able to extinguish the flames but not before they spread to the main area of the house. The weather made battling the fire more difficult, with firetrucks getting stuck in the snow in the long driveway leading up to the house.
First responders found the body of the victim, who is believed to be the homeowners' daughter. Her identity is being withheld pending an investigation by the county medical examiner. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined but arson detectives say it doesn't appear to be suspicious.
Three firefighters and a police officer suffered minor injuries and were sent to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The 14,000-square-foot mansion at 357 Lattingtown Road is about 100 years old and was built during Long Island's Gold Coast era. It was once home to Isabel Dodge Sloane, a socialite and heiress to the Dodge automobile fortune who owned a major thoroughbred horse racing stable and breeding operation. She was one of the first notable and successful female owners in the sport of horse racing.