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2018-05-16 / Front Page

Firefighters face difficult conditions at house fire on County Line Road

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by Carolyn James
Photos by Joe Turner

A home on County Line Road that firefighters said was filled with cartons, papers and other storage materials broke out into flames Monday evening May 14. Firefighters were able to get into the home through the front door, but could not find a clear path into the home to fight the blaze.

“They were pushed back because there was so much stuff inside,” said North Amityville Fire Chief Aaron Collins who was at the scene. “Paper and boxes were on fire and falling on them.”

First on the scene was Amityville Fire Chief Gavin Budde who called in the working fire to North Amityville. He, along with Stephen Juliano of Amityville and Darryl Rollins of North Amityville, made the attempt get inside the home, but were pushed back due to all of the contents. Instead they set up an aggressive attack from outside said Collins.

Amityville and North Amityville were assisted by East Farmingdale and Massapequa and Wheatley Heights provided an ambulance to stand by. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to put out the fire.

By then, however, the volunteers were exhausted and secondary fires kept erupting throughout the home in boxes and piles of clothing. Collins called in Lindenhurst and North Lindenhurst to give the volunteers some relief.

“They (the volunteers) were moving so much stuff they were exhausted,” said Collins. “But we wanted to make sure the fire was out.
Part of the second floor collapsed and Collins also called in the Town of Babylon Fire Marshals, Building Inspector and highway department. Crews arrived at the scene and demolished parts of the home where the materials inside were simmering, causing flare ups. “They were finally able to smother the fire down,” he said.

Volunteers were checked out at the scene but no injuries were reported. However, two dogs perished in the blaze and a third is missing.

A spokesman for the S.C. Arson Squad said it was on the scene and that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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