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.

Larchmont Police Captain Saved Son, Tried to Save Others in Fatal Fire

Tommy Sullivan died a hero. LoHud reports a relative says the Larchmont Police Captain saved his son from the inferno that claimed the rest of the family yesterday , then ran back in to get his wife and two daughters. All four perished in the Carmel, NY blaze in their home. Investigators are still probing the cause of the fire that killed Thomas Sullivan, 48,  his wife, 47, and daughters Meaghan, 17, and Mairead, 12. Sullivan was with the Larchmont Police force  for 19 years, after serving six years with New York City police as a community patrol officer in the 47th Precinct in the Bronx.

Larchmont Police Captain, Wife and Two Daughters Die in Carmel Fire

Larchmont police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48,  his wife, 47, and daughters Meaghan, 17, and Mairead, 12, died this morning in a house fire in Carmel.  A 20 year old son remains hospitalized. The Larchmont Police Chief and a Lieutenant remain at the scene at 19 Wyndham Lane in Carmel, where the family lived. Carmel Fire Chief Bob Lipton said the fire was so hot when firefighters arrived that it was impossible for them control it. At a news conference, Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell said of the son, whom she knows, “This community will wrap their arms around him.”

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In published reports, former Larchmont Mayor Josh Mandell said “He was a wonderful, big-hearted, larger-than- life figure. He was one of those guys who defined small –town policing.

Stay out of the Hudson

Despite the crushing heat, the County Department of Health and now the Mayor of Mamaroneck are notifying residents to avoid direct contact with the Hudson River in Westchester throughout the weekend.

Union Baptist to Rebuild

The 100 year old Union Baptist Church in New Rochelle, destroyed by fire on Valentine’s Day, is rebuilding with the help of ShopRite Supermarkets.  

Established in 1913, the architecturally significant structure is one of New Rochelle’s earliest African-American religious organizations and is currently home to over 250 local parishioners and more that commute from New York City, Fairfield, Putnam and Rockland Counties, says the PR Company that is announcing the effort. The church was Built in 1904, the church was tragically destroyed in a fire this past February. Fundraising Concerts and Walk a thon:
“Resurrecting the Church” Union Baptist Church Benefit Concert
A benefit gospel concert featuring performances by Pastor David Wright and the Timothy Wright Memorial Choir, Greater Centennial Choir, Strait Gate Choir, Brothers in Christ, Psalmist Vikki Griffin, Ann Sinclair, Ishmael “Ish” Rouse, Dance Ministry Institute and McCurry Sherman will take place at the Westchester County Center from 6:00 – 9:30PM on Saturday, April 23.  The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Ave., White Plains, NY 10607. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased or by calling Union Baptist Church at 914-632-3627.

Fire Guts Century Old Church in New Rochelle

Update: New Rochelle Fire Commissioner Doc Kiernan says the fire that devastated one of New Rochelle’s oldest and most architecturally historic churches, and which went to 5 alarms early Monday morning is still not out. “It’s still smoldering under wreckage from the interior collapse, he said. ” The New Rochelle Fire Dept. will keep watch on it, but a high wind warning forecast for tonight could fan the flames.” Main Street Eastbound between North and Franklin Avenues will remain closed into Tuesday, according to City Manager Charles Strome.