A man died in an early morning house fire after neighbors said they begged him to jump from the window of his burning home.
The blaze at the Van Buren Street home broke out shortly after 1 a.m.
"There was heavy fire on the first and second floor," said Massapequa Fire Chief Stephen Daresta. "We received a report of somebody trapped on the second floor, and he succumbed to the fire."
Daresta said the fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived at the scene and rescuers were unable to reach the second floor of the two-story home.
"The stairway was already burned out," he said. "Fire was blowing out of the windows on both floors."
A neighbor, who would identify herself only by her first name Lisa, said the victim appeared at the window before firefighters arrived.
"They were telling him to jump, but they lost contact," she said.
Let Patch save you time. Get local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here.
Another neighbor, who asked not to be named, said he went outside and saw the flames. Firefighters brought a ladder to the second story, he said. A short time later he said they brought the victim out on a stretcher.
"It's just terrible when you can't do anything," she said.
The neighbor said the victim, who she said was in his late 50s, had lived on the street for more than 30 years and had been living alone since his mother died a few years ago.
"He was a very nice man who always kept to himself," she said.
The victim is survived is survived by a brother who lives in Pennsylvania, according to the neighbor.
About 100 firefighters from Massapequa and Seaford responded and the cause of the fire was under investigation. It was placed under control in about 30 minutes. Police said it's not believed to be suspicious at this time.
The victim was not immediately identified. He was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m. by a Nassau County Advanced Medical Technician, police said.
The man lived alone and nobody else was injured, according to Daresta.