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Relative: NY police captain saved son from blaze
Relative: NY police captain saved son from blaze, went back for wife, daughters; all 4 died
By The Associated Press

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) ' The brother-in-law of a suburban New York police captain says the officer died a hero in a horrific house fire that also claimed the lives of his wife and two daughters.

Thomas Zielinski tells the Journal News ( ) he spoke to the surviving son, who says his dad, Thomas Sullivan, got him out and then ran back inside to try to rescue the rest of his family. They all succumbed to the blaze.

The four died during the early morning fire at their Carmel home in Putnam County, about 60 miles north of New York City.

Sullivan's 20-year-old son was treated for smoke inhalation.

Thomas Sullivan was captain of the Larchmont Police Department,

Officials are still looking for a cause of the fire.

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