2 escape fire at Hillcrest mansion

Much of the house on 4 Stark Court in Hillcrest has been destoyed.

Much of the house on 4 Stark Court in Hillcrest has been destoyed. (4/11/16)

HILLCREST - A fire at a mansion in Rockland County sent an elderly woman and her adult son to a hospital.

Officials say the fire broke out before 9 a.m. Monday on the upper floor of 4 Stark Court in Hillcrest, near the Palisades Parkway. The mother, who had a medical condition that needed attention, and son escaped to a neighbor's house.

The son suffered burns to his hands and face, according to authorities. 

Officials think the flames originated in the son's bedroom, and the fire spread to the rest of the house. They haven't confirmed whether there was an explosion before the fire spread, but neighbors reported hearing popping sounds.

The incident damaged much of the multimillion-dollar, colonial-style home. The roof collapsed onto the second floor.

A spokesman from Orange and Rockland Utilities says there is no indication that the explosion was gas related. Fire officials say they are investigating the incident as "suspicious" because they haven't found an obvious cause.

Both people were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. Officials haven't released information about their conditions.

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