2012-05-24 / Front Page

Fire said to be 'not suspicious' in origin

Investigation continues into cause, however
Eric Gross

 Police and fire officials are continuing their investigation into the May 1 blaze in Carmel that killed four members of the Sullivan family.

While Police Chief Michael Johnson reported Tuesday that the "investigation was on-going," he told the Courier the fire was "not considered to be of suspicious origin."

Samples taken from the home on Wyndham Lane were sent to a State Police lab in Albany where the materials were tested by forensics experts.

Johnson said the documentation pertinent to the investigation had not yet been received and because of this a news briefing planned for later this week has been delayed again.

"When all the information has been gathered and a definitive determination made after careful consideration of the available evidence concerning the cause of the fire, the media will be invited to attend a news conference," he said.

When asked if the fire was being considered as suspicious, the chief replied: "No!"

Killed in Putnam's most tragic fire ever were Larchmont Police Dept. Captain Thomas Sullivan, his wife Donna and the couple's teenaged daughters Meghan and Mairead.

Thomas Sullivan Jr. was the only survivor of the blaze. He is currently residing with relatives in Dutchess County.



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