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Smoke inhalation killed NY police captain, family

Coroner says smoke inhalation killed NY police captain, wife and daughters; fire origin found By The Associated Press

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) ' A county coroner in New York says a police captain, his wife and two daughters who died in a house fire this week were killed by smoke inhalation.

Putnam County Coroner William Stahl said Wednesday that the Larchmont police captain, Thomas Sullivan, and the others all died of asphyxiation from breathing smoke and carbon monoxide.

Stahl says that probably means the family died before being burned in the fire at their home early Tuesday in Carmel, about 60 miles north of New York City. A 20-year-old son escaped the burning home and survived.

Carmel police said Wednesday that they've found the origin of the fire, but not the cause. The department says the blaze began on the front side of the house.

Police say the investigation may take weeks.

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