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Lynbrook FD Receives Elks Club Award

 Story by Ex-Captain Steve Grogan

Photos by Brian Gerrato, Elmont FD

  On Saturday afternoon, February 3, 2007, a repair man working on the plumbing in an attic of a house at 270 Vincent Avenue in Lynbrook accidentally started a fire that brought out the volunteers of the Lynbrook Fire Department.  

At about 2:30 PM, while a plumber was putting in baseboard heating in the attic of the home, and while “sweating the pipes,” he sparked a fire in the wall.  At that point someone in the home dialed 911 which was answered by the Lynbrook Police desk, but the caller hung up without giving any information.  Shortly thereafter a second call to 911 was received from a neighbor’s house alerting the Lynbrook Fire Department to the blaze. 

Lynbrook Fire Chief Keith Festa was first on the scene and broadcast a “Signal 10” for a working fire when he pulled up and saw the heavy smoke and flame near the top of the house.  Vulcan Company from Denton Avenue was the first engine to arrive and they took a nearby hydrant and ran two attack lines into the house.  Vulcan took the first line up to the attic and brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes.  The second back-up line, manned by members of Engine Company, stood-by.  Truck Company then overhauled the attic removing the wall area to make sure the fire had not spread any further.  Members of Hose Company and Tally-Ho Company assisted in the operations.  The Emergency Medical Company also stood by in case of injuries of which there were none. 

During the height of the fire, Chief Festa requested a mutual aid response for a “Fast Team” from the Malverne Fire Department and additional ambulance from the Rockville Centre Fire Department.   The Village of Lynbrook’s Building Department was also on hand to inspect the repairs being done in the attic while the Department of Public Works was called out to sand the street due to the water from the hoses making the street dangerous in the freezing weather.  

The fire department was at the scene for a little over an hour.

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