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Fatal House Fire in Massapequa

Police Identify Fire Victims

Tragedy continues to plague the Massapequa area as an early morning house fire, one that took place on March 17, claimed the life of two local residents.

According to the Arson Bomb Squad of the Nassau County police department, the fire occurred on Thursday, March 17 at 3:45 a.m. at a residence in Massapequa.

According to detectives, Seventh Precinct police officers responded to 23 Nancy Place for a fire. Upon arrival the officers witnessed the right side of the house fully engulfed in flames and two male residents already out of the residence. One of the men, age 56, had received burns to his upper body when he had attempted to gain entrance to an apartment on the right side of the house, detectives said. He was transported via Police Department ambulance to Nassau University Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Two residents of the apartment, Gary Munsch 54, and Toni Munsch 51, were pronounced dead at scene at 5:50 a.m., detectives said.

The Massapequa Fire Department, under the leadership of Chief Anglim, responded with 11 pieces of apparatus and 55 firefighters. Two firefighters suffered burns and were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital where they were treated and released. Detectives said that there appears to be no criminality.