A Westbury man was killed last week in an early morning blaze that ripped through his Pilgrim Lane home.
At 7:30 a.m. Jan. 27, firefighters from East Meadow, North Bellmore and Westbury were called to the home, which is located near Eisenhower Park. Firefighters arrived on scene as flames shot out the top and sides of the two-story structure. Tom Sinclair, was found dead on the second floor while his 20-year-old son, Michael, escaped, suffering non-threatening injuries.
Members of Nassau County's Arson/Bomb Squad along with police and the fire marshal responded to the scene. Michael was transported to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Members of the Red Cross also responded to the scene to provide relief to Michael Sinclair in the form of temporary shelter and funds for food and clothing. Red Cross volunteers will also work with Michael to help him cope with the loss of his father and home.
The fire, which is believed to have started in the first floor den, was brought under control by 9:30 a.m. An investigation is under way but the cause appears to be non-suspicious. The home was destroyed.