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Lynbrook Firefighters Fight Garage Fire Caused by Cigarette

Story and Photos by Ex-Captain Steve Grogan

 On Saturday, July 8, 2006, at about 4:20 PM the Lynbrook Fire Department was dispatched to a reported garage fire at 80 Burtis Street on the corner of Marshall Avenue.   

Third Deputy Chief Kevin Bien was first on the scene and broadcast a Signal 10 for a working fire as heavy smoke billowed from an old two car garage at that location.  Engine Company was the first engine on the scene and stretched a line to the burning garage as other fire chiefs and fire companies also arrived.   

For a short time while fighting the fire, firefighters searched the garage and a car inside the garage for the homeowner after no one was found inside the home.  The homeowner later arrived after the fire was put out.  The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes and before major damage was done to the old wooden structure.  Members of Truck Company vented the roof and then overhauled the garage that had contained a lot of debris.  The car inside the garage was not damaged. 

The Nassau County Fire Marshall was summoned to the scene to investigate  the cause of the blaze.  The Fire Marshal’s investigation, according to Chief Festa, determined that the fire was most likely started by a cigarette that had been carelessly discarded.

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