Quick Stop at House Fire
Story by Steve Grogan; Photos by Steve and Brian Grogan
On November 29th, 2014, Lynbrook firefighters made a quick stop at a house fire. The blaze started in a wall of the house located on Stratford Road. Lynbrook firefighters successfully extinguished the fire before it spread throughout the home.
Firefighters under the command of First Assistant Chief John Chavatte were called out at 1347 hours to a reported fire at 49 Stratford Road off Piccadilly Downs in the Yorkshire section of Lynbrook. Third Assistant Chief Carl Lengel was first on the scene and found smoke coming from the driveway side of the house and a fire in the wall and under the floor in a back bedroom. There was only one occupant at the house at the time and she was found outside. Upon the arrival of Chief Chavatte a Signal 10 for a working fire at that location was broadcast to all fire units.
Tally-Ho Engine Company 3 was first on the scene and immediately stretched two lines while hooking up to the hydrant a short distance from the house. Tally-Ho members took the first line inside while a second line was taken in by members of Engine and Vulcan Company members who had also arrived. Later, a third line was stretched by Hose Company members. While the hose was being stretched into the home to fight the fire, Truck Company arrived on the scene and put its ladder to the roof. They then assisted in pulling down the walls and opening the floor so that water could be put on the fire as the fire moved along the bedroom wall and floor.
The fire was quickly brought under control in about 20 minutes but firefighters were at the scene for about two hours to make sure the fire was out. At the height of the call, Chief Chavatte, through the Floodlight's Command Post, requested the assistance of the neighboring Fourth Battalion departments of Malverne, Lakeview, Rockville Centre, and East Rockaway. Valley Stream also responded.
Due to the structural damage caused by the fire the Village of Lynbrook's Building Department was notified to determine if the structure is safe enough for the homeowners to move back in. Additionally, the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office was called to conduct a routine investigation of the cause of the fire. Damage was placed at about $30,000. There were no injuries.
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