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Patchogue, NY Outpatient Cottage Fire, Dec 1981

4 PATIENTS DIE IN FIRE.

Patchogue, N.Y. (AP) -- An early morning fire Saturday blazed through a cottage used for a Northport Veterans Hospital outpatient program, killing four psychiatric patients, officials said.
Patchogue Fire Chief Robert Smith said the blaze, which broke out shortly before 4 a.m., quickly engulfed the two-story wood-frame building and burned it to the ground. Edward Ripke, a hospital official, said JOHN JOSEPH NOLAN, 55, FRANK SANFILIPPO, 52, GERALD GOODKIN, 56, and HAROLD LOCHNOWITZ, 57, had shared the four-room house at 31 Carmen St. since 1971. The Suffolk Arson Squad investigated the fire, but Smith said the blaze "does not appear to be suspicious."

Gazette Cedar Rapids Iowa 1981-12-20

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