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This is home of the Suburban Fire Marshal blog. The purpose of this site is to provide real time and accurate fire news and information for the Smithtown Township and the Village of Lake Grove in NY.

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Posted 9/14/2019

Had some major issues that delayed the updates to the site. As such, you will see a story headers with no other information. Those will be updated within the next few days as I rebuild everything.

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Car fire on Wireless Blvd in Hauppauge

Posted 9/11/2019

0859 hours. Hauppauge Fire Department responds to a vehicle fire in the parking lot of 49 Wireless Boulevard. Units arrive to find an active fire in a 2001 Hyundai. Engine 3-8-14, 3-8-10 operated at this fire under the Command of Assistant Chief Brett Martinez. The vehicle had been parked since 0530 hrs. There were no injuries.

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Crash with overturn and entrapment on Veterans Highway in Hauppauge

Posted 9/10/2019

1607 Hrs. The Hauppauge Fire Department responds to Veterans Highway and Blydenburgh Road with CI-Hauppauge Ambulance for a traffic collision with injuries. Units arrive to find a crash involving two vehicles, with one resting on its side. Crews from units 3-8-9, 3-8-11, 3-8-14, 3-8-13, 3-8-10 under the command of Assistant Chief Brett Martinez worked with units from the Central Islip Fire Department (this call is on the border of the two districts) and Central Islip  Suffolk Police Emergency Service to extricate the operator of the overturned vehicle. All parties were transported via ambulance to the hospital.  

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Car vs Pole on Main Street in Smithtown

Posted 9/8/2019

0342 hours. Smithtown Fire Department responds to a Motor Vehicle crash on Main Street at Elm Ave. Arriving units find that a vehicle struck the infamous utility pole on the corner of Main and Elm, coming to a stop one block east at Lawrence Ave. The lone occupant of the vehicle had self extricated and refused rescue.  The crew from Rescue 4-2-9 secured the vehicle and applied speedy dry to the roadway from Elm to Lawrence. FD personnel secured from the scene at 0407 hours.

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Hauppauge FD Ex-Chief Peter Christofferson passes.

Posted 9/5/2019

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Hauppauge Fire Department Ex-Chief and past Commissioner Peter Christoffersen passed away on September 5th at the age of 89. He passed away at the Gordon House in Gordonsville, VA. Peter was born on November 9, 1929. Peter graduated from Farmingdale College and served in U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Post military, he worked as a Construction Supervisor, where he oversaw many large construction projects on Long Island. He joined the Hauppauge Fire Department in July 1963 and was a Member of Engine Company # 2. He worked his way up the ranks, serving as Chief of Department from 1974 to 1978. Following his stint as Chief of Department he was a Fire District Commissioner from 1978 to 1994.

Peter was the Incident commander at a number of serious operations including the crash involving a gasoline tanker and a passenger vehicle at Wheeler Road and Veterans Highway, the gasoline tank truck fire at Wheeler Road and Kings Highway, the Village Green strip mall fire, multiple large brush fires on the ITT/Mackay Radio property in what is now the Hauppauge industrial park and numerous other significant structure and brush fires.

Peter and Andy Oberglock were the persons responsible for the Department History Booklet 1931-1996. As a fire Commissioner he played a big part in helping bring the Hauppauge Fire Department into the modern era.

When Peter retired, he moved to Lake Monticello in Virginia. Peter was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Mary and his brother Henry Christoffersen. Survived by his loving brother Ernest; five cherished children: John Christoffersen (Vicki), Peter Christoffersen, Fran Pitts (Richard), Lisa Miller (Robin) and Andrew Christoffersen. Adored Papa to five grandchildren: Kimberly Christoffersen, Eric Pitts, James and Kate Miller, and Mia Weisbrod.

In honoring his wishes, Pete will be cremated and all services were private.

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Smithtown Fire Department Chaplain Daniel Bitsko passes at 82

Posted 9/4/2019

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Rev. Daniel J. Bitsko, 82, of New Britain, PA, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in ManorCare Health Services in Montgomeryville PA. Born in Coaldale PA, he was a son of the late Frank and Helen (Zelinka) Bitsko. He was a graduate of the former Coaldale High School and Duquesne University. He then joined the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, where he fulfilled his vocation of becoming a Byzantine Catholic priest.

Father Dan was very active in Smithtown, joining and becoming the chaplain of the Smithtown Fire Department in 1969. Father Dan was assigned to the Hook and Ladder Company. He is a four time recipient of his company’s Firefighter of the Year Award and a 2005 recipient of the Department Firefighter of the Year award. Father Dan would respond to calls in his vehicle as "4-2-29". He was always available for firefighters and their families regardless of their faith. Father Dan was honored this past May for his 50 years of service to the department. He was also the Chaplain for the Smithtown Fire Chiefs Council, the Suffolk County Fire Chiefs Council, the Suffolk County Volunteer Fireman's Association, as well as the Southern New York Fireman's Association. Father Dan was a member of the NYS Association of Fire Chaplains, serving as their Chief from 2002-2004. Father Dan was also a member of the Smithtown Rotary Club and the Smithtown Historical Society. 

Father Dan served as the pastor at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in New York City, N.Y., St. Andrew's Byzantine Catholic Church, Westbury, N.Y., and last served at the Byzantine Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Smithtown, N.Y. He was a member of the New York State Chaplains Association and also served as the chaplain for the New York Islanders hockey team, as well as at NASCAR races at the Pocono Raceway.

 Father Dan was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Henry Baker Council No. 2711.

Surviving are a sister, Helen, wife of John Kochaba of Camden, DE; a brother Nicholas, and his wife, Ruth, of New Britain; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Cortese; and five brothers, Michael, Frank, Andrew, John and Stephen. 

On Monday, September 9th 2019, approximately 50 Members of the Smithtown Fire Department and Smithtown Chief’s Council traveled to St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church in Lansford for the funeral. Firefighters assembled outside the ornate church as early as 8am, posted the colors out front and stood honor guard at the entrance while many loved ones came to say their final farewell.

Following the funeral liturgy, members stood in formation behind Father Dan’s fire gear and saluted as he was led out of the church by his fellow priests, and carried by fellow firefighters. A testament to the fraternal brotherhood he had with each. Following a short ride to the Summit Hill Cemetery, a peacful graveside service was held where a final salute was offered by each member in attendance, and his Chaplain’s helmet was presented to Father Dan’s brother, Nick, by Chief Kevin Fitzpatrick. As all those from the many facets of Father Dan’s life connected and exchanged wonderful stories about the man, one common theme kept arising; Peace. We know Father Dan is at peace and smiling down on us all.

Parts of this story were written by the Smithtown Fire Department.

 

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Multi-vehicle crash at Route 111 and Route 347 in Smithtown

Posted 9/2/2019

1747 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department responds to a traffic collision involving three vehicles at 111 and 347. Thankfully there was only one injury and no entrapment. The patient was transported by Smithtown FD ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries. FD personnel secured all of the vehicles and applied speedy dry to the fluids on the roadway.

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Motorcycle crash in Hauppauge

Posted 8/31/2019

The Hauppauge Fire Department responds with Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance Corp to a traffic collision involving a motorcycle at Veterans Highway  and MacArthur Blvd. Units arrived to find two patients with injuries. A Suffolk Police Helicopter was requested to transport one subject. The helicopter landed at the Hauppauge High School. The patient was transported to the landing zone by ambulance, transferred to the chopper and transported to Stony Brook Hospital. The other injured were transported by ambulance.

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Vehicle fire at Lake Avenue and Middle Country in Nesconset

Posted 8/29/2019

1850. Nesconset Fire Department responds to and extinguishes a vehicle fire in the parking lot of Carvel at the corner of Lake Avenue and Middle Country Road. There were no injuries.

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Overturn on the Sag in Commack

Posted 8/26/2019

At 130pm Commack Ambulance got activated for an overturn on the Sunken Meadow Parkway. Under the command of Chief of Department Bob Cavalieri and First Assistant Chief Mike Hoddinott. 2-16-62, 2-16,15, 2-16-21, 2-16-18, 2-16-20 and 2-16-medic responded. Two females were found self extricated outside of the vehicle upon EMS arrival. One patient was brought to Southside Hospital with minor injuries. The scene was turned over to NYS Troopers for further investigation.

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Ronkonkoma first due to house fire in Lakeland

Car vs building on Lake Avenue in Nesconset

Posted 8/26/2019

1129 hours. Nesconset Fire Department responds to a report of a vehicle into a building at 415 Lake Avenue, just north of Smithtown Blvd. Units arrive and find that a vehicle struck the front of Best Cleaners, damaging the store front. The store was evacuated, the vehicle was removed and FD checked and confirmed that there were no injuries. A Fire Marshal and a building inspector were called to the scene to follow up.

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Multiple Departments respond to Lake Ronkonkoma to search for subject that led police on a foot pursuit.

Posted 8/25/2019

1057 hours.

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House fire on Catalina Court in Centereach

Roof fire at Forest Brook Elementary

Posted 8/24/2019

The East Meadow Fire Department, covering for the Smithtown Fire Department responds to an activated fire alarm at the Forest Brook Elementary School on Liliac Lane. Units arrive to find that part of the roof had been set ablaze by a roofing contractor working with a torch. Most of the fire had been extinguished upon the arrival of the FD. Units opened up to check for extension on and below the roof. There were no injuries and the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation.

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Garbage Truck burns in Commack

Posted 8/23/2019

0532 hours. The Commack Fire Department was notified of a truck fire at the corner of Beechwood Rd and Jericho Tpke. Chief oof Department Bobby Wilkins was first in and advised of an active fire in a garbage truck. Lines were stretched off Engines 3 & 4 and the fire was extinguished within a few minutes. Smithtown FIre Marshals were called to the scene along with the NYS DEC to deal with leaking hydraulic fluid. FD personnel applied absorbent material in front of the storm drains in the area to limit contamination. Beechwood Rd was closed until approximately 8:45 am for clean up and removal of the burnt truck. There were no injuries.

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Kings Park FD Ex-Chief and former Commissioner Thomas Weisse passes.

Posted 8/22/2019

It is with deep regret that the Kings Park Fire Department announces that active member, Ex-Commissioner, and Ex-Chief Thomas Weisse has answered his last alarm on August 22, 2019. 

Tommy, who was born on October 7, 1937, served his community with pride for over 58 years in Engine Company 1 and Fire Police Company 4. He will be sorely missed by all. Please keep the Weisse family in your thoughts at this difficult time. Services for Chief Weisse are as follows:

Saturday August 24th and Sunday August 25th: wake services at Clayton’s Funeral Home 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Firematic services will be at 7:30 on Sunday.

Monday August 26th: funeral at Saint Joseph’s of Kings Park at 10:30 am with burial to follow at Commack Cemetery. 

Rest In Peace Chief.

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CO Emergency reported in Smithtown

Posted 8/22/2019

1047 hours. Smithtown Fire Department responds to a report of a carbon monoxide emergency with victims on Bow Drive. Units arrive, investigate and determine that there is no problem.

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Late night car vs tree in Smithtown

Posted 8/16/2019

2356 hours. Smithtown Fire Department is dispatched to a report of a traffic Collision on East Main Street near Hemlock Lane. Units arrive to find that a vehicle left the roadway, striking a tree in front of St. Patricks Church. The lone occupant had self extricated and suffered minor injuries. FD EMS personnel packaged and transported the patient to the hospital and FD personnel applied absorbent material and secured the vehicle. 

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Ronkonkoma and Nesconset FD's assist Lakeland Fire Department with a fire in a commercial building

Posted 8/15/2019

The Lakeland Fire Department is activated for an automatic fire alarm at the Lee Phillips Packaging Company, 750 Union Parkway off Lakeland Avenue.

Responding units were advised that Suffolk Police were on scene reporting an active alarm and smoke pushing from a large commercial building. FD personnel arrived shortly thereafter and transmitted a working fire with active fire in the loading dock area of a 100X100 structure.

Crews tied into the sprinkler system, which was operating and entered the building with multiple hand lines. The fire was quickly extinguished. Mutual aid was requested from Ronkonkoma FIre Department for an engine, Holbrook Fire Department for a ladder, Nesconset Fire Department for a RIT. Bohemia Fire Department sent an engine to cover but they were diverted to the scene. Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance sent a bus, Community Ambulance also sent a bus. The Hauppauge Fire Department sent an engine to cover and the Holtsville Fire Department was requested to send an ambulance to cover.

Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Islip Town Fire Marshals are investigating. There were no injuries. 

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