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Lakeview Ave. Signal 10

Story by Ex-Captain Steve Grogan; Photos by Firefighter Dan Neri


In the early morning hours of November 22, 2015, Lynbrook firefighters were on mutual aid stand-by at their firehouses for a Signal 10 house fire in nearby Valley Stream. Lynbrook Truck Co. was summoned to the scene of the Valley Stream Fire to assist. At 1:33 AM Lynbrook FD received a call for a house fire at 167 Lakeview Ave.

 Due to the stand-by Lynbrook units arrived very quickly. 3rd Assistant Chief William Abrams was first on the scene and broadcast a Signal 10 for a working fire. Vulcan Company, the first apparatus at the scene, immediately stretched a line to the front door as members from other arriving companies helped stretch a second line.  

The fire apparently started in a wall above the fireplace inside the two-story house which was being used to provide heat to the home.  There was a “For Sale" sign on the front lawn.  The fire, believed caused by the excessive use of the fireplace, was in the chimney and back wall area. It spreading across the living room ceiling and up into the second floor wall. 

Chief James McDermott was in charge of operations.  Vulcan's first line attacked the fire in the wall and ceiling on the first floor while the second line was taken to the second floor to stop the fire in a bathroom wall just above the fireplace. 

The mutual aid departments that responded to Lynbrook included an engine from Malverne and one from Lakeview.  Rockville Centre and East Rockaway sent their ladders and helped with the overhaul of the walls and ceiling.  Additionally, Oceanside truck stood-by in Lynbrook's Truck Company's quarters.  Firefighters were at the scene for just over an hour. There were no injuries.           

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