LOCUST VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities are still working to determine the cause of a fire the killed a woman in a cottage next to a Long Island mansion.
Locust Valley Fire Chief Brian Nolan says at least three other people were in the 30-room mansion when the fire erupted around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
The cottage was destroyed and the mansion suffered severe damage.
Police say the victim was believed to be the homeowner's daughter. Her name was withheld pending an investigation.
Nolan tells Newsday (http://bit.ly/1dODUnq ) that the homeowner was awakened by a strong burning smell and called police.
It took seven hours to get the blaze under control during a heavy snowfall. The cottage was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com