Firefighters Battle Attic Fire
Story by Steve Grogan; Photos by Brian Grogan
Lynbrook firefighters made a quick stop of a house fire on Friday evening, November 7, 2014 at 20 St. James Place between Forest and Earle Avenues in Lynbrook. The Lynbrook Fire Department, under the command of Chief Michael Anderson, was dispatched to the scene at 9:47 PM where a large amount of fire could be seen blowing out an attic window on the third floor.
Truck Company from their Earle Avenue firehouse was first on the scene and immediately conducted a search of the dwelling to make sure all tenants were safely out of the house. Engine Company arrived shortly thereafter and took the hydrant at Earle and St James and stretched an attack line all the way up to the attic where a bed and other room contents were ablaze. Vulcan Company from Denton Avenue also arrived and stretched a second line. Truck Company also laddered the house with both their trucks.
Although the fire was quickly consuming the bedroom, the firefighters, working in a very tight and confining staircase up into the attic, were able to finally extinguish the fire. The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes and totally extinguished in about an hour. Firefighters were at the scene for about two hours.
One occupant of the house, a pregnant women, who complained of having difficulty breathing was transported to South Nassau Hospital by the department's Emergency Medical Company. A second tenant was assisted by the Red Cross who also came to the scene. No firefighters were injured fighting the fire.
During the height of the fire, Chief Anderson called for mutual aid from East Rockaway, who sent a "Fast Team," while Rockville Centre sent a ladder, Malverne sent an engine, and Lakeview sent an ambulance, to assist.
During Truck Company's original search operation for occupants possibly still in the house they found numerous separate rooms inside. The Chief then called the Village of Lynbrook's Building Department to investigate for possible illegal occupancies. The Building Department responded to the scene to investigate for village law violations. Illegal apartments in homes are very dangerous to firefighters. Firefighters have died in fires trapped behind illegal walls separating multiple rooms built inside homes now housing multiple tenants.
Although the fire was not considered suspicious, the Chief also requested that the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office conduct a routine investigation of the fire.
On Christmas Day 2001, Lynbrook firefighters fought a similar fire on the second floor of the same house.
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