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Tuckahoe Man Suffers Second Degree Burns in Fire

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – A 79-year-old Tuckahoe man was trapped on his back deck awaiting rescue while fire raged through his home early Friday morning.

Tuckahoe Police Lt. Ray Stabile said that a 911 call came into police headquarters at 3:20 am from a man who said his neighbor's home was ablaze.

Michael Francella, a 15 year village resident said that he was woken in the middle of the night and called for help immediately for his neighbors home located at 291 Marbledale Road on the Tuckahoe/Eastchester border.

Francella spotted his neighbor, David Verner, stranded in a corner on the back deck while flames engulfed the one bedroom home.

Police Officers Vincent Pinto and Francisco Ramirez rushed to scene and alerted the Eastchester Fire Department.

With a ladder supplied by Francella, Ramirez and Pinto helped Verner from the deck. Police said Verner was taken to the Burn Unit at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.

At the charred remains of his father's home this afternoon Verner's son Chris said that his father had second degree burns on his hands and arms but was in good condition.

Eastchester Fire Capt. Lou Bucchieri said that approximately 20 firefighters fought the blaze which appears to have begun at the rear of the home and traveled to the front.

Bucchieri said there were no injuries among the firefighters, and the Mount Vernon Fire Department came to the scene to stand by if needed.

Bucchieri said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but may have been caused by an electrical problem.

Chris Verner said that a small dining area and kitchen are located at the rear of the house where it looks like the fire began

Bucchieri said the house was too unstable for family members to go in to see if anything remained, but he doubted anything survived the blaze that was so intense that it melted the vinyl siding on the house next door.

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