- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

MANHASSET, N.Y. (AP) - A firefighter who was critically injured while battling a blaze on Long Island five days ago has died.

Nassau County fire officials tell Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1vaxyaH ) that 43-year-old Joseph Sanford Jr., died Tuesday at North Shore University Hospital.

Sanford had been on a ventilator since the fire at a home in Woodmere. About 200 volunteers from more than a dozen departments had responded to the blaze on Central Avenue.

The 17-year veteran of the Inwood Fire Department Sanford was discovered in the basement after a first-floor collapse.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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