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Indian-American entrepreneur killed in cottage fire

An Indian-American entrepreneur and his dog were killed in a fire that broke out at his Dix Hills Cottage home in New York’s Long Island on December 14, officials said.

According to police, they responded to a fire inside a cottage in Dix Hills at 2:53 a.m. on December 14. Two police officers and a sergeant attempted to save Tanya Bathija (32), but the flames were too strong.

The victim died in the incident before the local fire department could fully control the fire. He said on Saturday that the policemen were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment after smelling smoke.

The Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) said that after a preliminary investigation, the fire has been determined to be non-criminal.

Suffolk Police D. Kevin Bearer, chief of the department’s homicide squad, said, “Bathija lived in a cottage behind her parents’ house on Carles Straight Path.”

Bathija’s father, Gobind Bathija, a businessman and a community leader, was up early on December 14 to exercise before work when he looked out the window and saw that the hut was on fire, Bearer said.

“He alerted his wife and called 911. They ran outside to the cottage and tried to get their daughter out, but she was completely incinerated,” the officer said.

Tanya Bathija was well known in the community of Dix Hills, an affluent township on Long Island in the city of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York.

After completing her MBA in Accounting and Finance, she became a successful businesswoman. He had recently opened a Dunkin’ Donuts outlet in Bellport, and worked for Blue Point.

She was also involved in both the Bellport and Patchogue Chambers of Commerce and worked with the Boys and Girls Club and Long Island Head Start.

“Tanya was a wonderful and energetic business leader for the community. She will be greatly missed,” said David Kennedy, executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.

The funeral will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. at Maloney’s Lake Funeral Home and Lake Ronkonkoma Crematory. Family members said a prayer meeting would be held at 4 p.m. the same day at the Assamese Hindu Temple in Hicksville.

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