A West Hempstead man who rescued his family from a raging house fire Friday now faces questions of why they were living in the home without the proper occupancy permits, town officials said.
House in hero-dad blaze lacked permits
Dr. Herman Weiss, 37, safely pulled his six children and his wife out of their home around 3 a.m. Friday, after he awoke to the blaring sound of a smoke detector and saw flames licking up the western exterior wall of their two-story house on Maple Street.
"This could have been a real tragedy," Weiss said Friday afternoon as he stood outside the burnt remnants of the home, which he built in 2006 to accomodate his growing family.
The fire began on the outside of the house, near a vent opening for the home's water heater, and is not considered suspicious, said Vincent McManus, division supervisor for the Nassau County fire marshal's office.