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Handicapped man dies in Greenport fire

Police have identified the man who died in a tragic Greenport fire Wednesday night.

According to Southold Town police, a fire broke out at 6:43 p.m. at 630 First Street in Greenport, killing Jack Pollack, 61.

Greenport Fire Department responded to the house fire and found the house fully involved in flames, police said. The Southold Fire Department also responded to assist.

Pollack and his wife Karen, 58, were at home at the time the fire broke out, police said.

Pollack, who was physically handicapped, died as a result of the fire. His wife was able to get out of the home, suffering minor injuries. She was transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital by fire department
ambulance, where she was treated for her injuries and released.

A Good Samaritan, Wade Hackett, 41, who was walking by when the fire broke out, attempted to gain entry into the house, without success, received minor injuries, police said.

Hackett brought himself to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment and was released. A Greenport fireman also sustained minor injuries while fighting the fire. He was also transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital by ambulance, treated and released.

Members of the Southold Town Police Department., Suffolk County Police Department. Arson Squad, and Crime Scene Investigation Unit, as well as the Suffolk County Medical Examiners Office, responded to investigate the fire and death. Both are considered non-suspicious at this time, with further investigation to continue, police said.