Fire in Sullivans’ Death Not Suspicious


CARMEL– The fire that killed Larchmont Police Captain Thomas Sullivan, his wife, and their two teenage daughters in their Carmel home, was not arson or criminal in nature, officials are expected to announce today.

The full results of the investigation are scheduled to be released Thursday afternoon at Carmel Town Hall.

Police had used trained dogs to examine debris in the aftermath of the May 1 fire and said they found no evidence of accelerants or other indication of arson. Evidence from the house were sent for more analysis to laboratories.

Sullivan, 48; his wife, Donna, 47; and their two daughters, Meghan, 18, and Mairead, 15, died of asphyxiation from breathing smoke and carbon monoxide, the Putnam County coroner has reported.

Only the Sullivans’ son, 20-year-old Thomas Jr., survived when his father helped him down a flight of stairs and out through the garage.

Both Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews are calling for a review of building codes related to the light construction materials often used today in building homes.

photos: top: Putnam County Executive’s Office, middle: Jacqueline Silberbush, bottom: Larchmont Police Dept.

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