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Burglar Alarm Sounds Fire
 
Story & photos by  Ex Captain Steven Grogan

At about 7:20 on the morning of February 17, 2010, Lynbrook Police Officer John Reichert was dispatched by his command to Pearsall’s Station Restaurant on Sunrise Highway for a reported burglar alarm.  PO Reichert, who arrived quickly on the scene, found the rear of the building on Eldert Street secure but also noticed some smoke coming from the roof above the kitchen area.  He then looked in a side door and noticed smoke again.  He immediately called his dispatcher and requested the Lynbrook Fire Department to the scene. The Lynbrook Fire Department was dispatched on a general alarm.  While the department was responding, PO Reichert, who was joined by PO’s Menna and King, opened the back door of the kitchen which was only partially locked.  They found the kitchen soup warmer burning on a rear shelf.  They put the fire out with an extinguisher. 

Meanwhile, Engine Company from up the block arrived on the scene and dropped a line at the rear door and took the hydrant across the street.  Truck Company took the front of the building and put a ladder to the roof.  Other arriving companies stood by.  Firefighters carried the burnt out warmer outside and watered it down with the hose line.  The kitchen area and the ceiling area near the fire were checked and determined that the fire had not extended beyond that immediate area.  The department was under the command of Chief Kevin Bien.  No explanation was given why the burglar alarm sounded and not the fire alarm.  The department was at the scene for about 20 minutes.

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