VIDEO: Suffolk County police say a fifth person has been found dead after a large fire swept through house in Riverhead, Suffolk County.
The five victims were all found on the top floor of a 3-story home with four apartments that went up in flames just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters arrived at the home on East 2nd Street to find fire shooting through the roof after an eyewitness walking his dog called 911.
Of the ten occupants in the building, several were able to escape and told rescuers that others were trapped inside.
As firefighters tried to gain entry, a stairwell on the third floor may have collapsed, trapping the remaining victims.
Firefighters put out the flames and started finding bodies during an ensuing search.
Five people did not survive. The remaining five occupants are all accounted for, police said.