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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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Fire at the Atria assisted living facility in Setauket

Posted 5/18/2019

Setauket Fire Department responds to an automatic alarm at the Atria at Setauket, 4089 Nesconset Highway at Arrowhead Lane. Units arrive to find smoke in the building. Crews force entry into a basement laundry room of the three story building and quickly located and extinguished a fire. Simultaneous to this, crews evacuate the building. Mutual aid was requested from Stony Brook FD (engine), Terryville FD (ladder), Port Jefferson FD (engine) St. James (ambulance but not available), Centereach (RIT, ambulance and fire police), Farmingville (engine and ambulance), Holtsville (ambulance), Coram (ambulance) Ronkonkoma (ambulance), Selden (ambulance and fire police), Port Jefferson Ambulance, Medford Ambulance, Stony Brook University Ambulance, Shirley Ambulance (rehab unit), Miller Place Ambulance,  Nesconset FD (ambulance) The Suffolk County MERV was requested but was unavailable due to the US Open. In all 78 residents were safely evacuated. One resident was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Stony Brook University sent a bus to the scene to shelter some of the occupants. All units were clear from the scene by 1130 hours. Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven are handling the investigation.

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Basement fire on 7th Street in Ronkonkoma

Posted 5/17/2019

0038 hours. Ronkonkoma, Nesconset and Farmingville Fire Deoartment are dispatched to a reported house fire at 31 7th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B in the Ronkonkoma Fire District. Arriving units encountered heavy fire in the basement of an occupied two story private dwelling. All occupants had safely evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department. Three lines were stretched and operated. Additional mutual aid was provided by Centereach Holtsville and Lakeland. There were no injuries and units cleared from the scene at approximately 0340 hours. Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven are investigating.

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Can you spot the violation-day 7

Posted 5/17/2019

Fire hydrants are the primary source of water firefighters use to fight fires. Kerosene is a Class 3 flammable liquid and therefore, not good for firefighting. For some reason, this kerosene tank was installed right up against a fire hydrant, rendering it useless.

 

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Can you spot the violation-day 6

Posted 5/16/2019

This fire extinguisher is in a locked cabinet. If someone were to need the fire extinguisher in an emergency, the cabinet glass is shattered with the small hammer that hangs on a lanyard next to the cabinet. For some reason, the hammer for this cabinet is locked inside!

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Hauppauge Fire Department and Commack Ambulance respond to overturn on Timber Croft Way

Posted 5/15/2019

0630 hours.  The Hauppauge Fire Department and Commack Ambulance iare activated for a traffic collision at  Timber Croft Way and Wild Run. Units arrive to find that a single vehicle had overturned and was on its roof in the roadway. The lone operator suffered a leg injury and  was extricated by a civilian prior to the arrival of emergency services. The victim was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital. Commack Ambulance operated with 2-16-19, 2-16-15 and 2-16-medic.. Fire Department services were not required. 

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Can you spot the violation-day 5

Posted 5/15/2019

Fun with electrical equipment is a fairly common sight when performing fire inspections. In this instance, instead of calling a licensed and qualified electrician, someone decided to extend a circuit by just shoving the exposed wires into the end of an extension cord. This is poses both a fire hazard and electrocution hazard. Electrical work should be left to the professionals. 

 

 

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Heavy Rescue required at Hauppauge crash

Posted 5/15/2019

1700 hours. Hauppauge Fire Department and Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance respond to a traffic collision in front of 601 Veterans Highway (near Wheeler Road).  One vehicle left the roadway and sustained heavy damage to the drivers side. FD personnel opened the doors using hydraulic tools off engine 14. The injured were transported to the hospital via ambulance.

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Can you spot the violation-Day 4

Posted 5/13/2019

Since FIRE EXIT doors are the main factor in someone escaping from a fire or dying within the building, we will continue down this photo journey with yet another picture of a required fire exit that is completely blocked, rendering it useless in the event of a fire or emergency. This is a very dangerous situation that is not taken lightly by the Fire Marshals and Inspectors. These violations usually result in a summons and or/arrest and must be cleared immediately and in the presence of the Fire Marshal. 

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Can you spot the violation day 3

Posted 5/12/2019

Todays photo shows one of the most dangerous conditions that we as Fire Marshals encounter!

There are actually four violations here. Can you spot them?

1-Fire Exit sign is not illuminated as required. 

2-Fire Exit door is completely blocked with a merchandise rack and merchandise.

3-Fire alarm pull station is blocked by the merchandise. 

4-The exit width has been reduced due to the placement of the merchandise being displayed for sale. 

This condition is incredibly dangerous as in the event of a fire or other emergency (including an active killer event), no one would be able to escape from the building through this door. In cases like this, the fire marshal would normally issue a shutdown order until the violation has been cleared and either issue a summons to or arrest the owner/manager on duty. 

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Commack RIT goes to Brentwood house fire on Sherman Street

Posted 5/12/2019

0126 hours. The Brentwood fire department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the vicinity of Ellery Street and Lincoln Ave. Units arrive to find heavy fire inventing from a vacant two story private dwelling at 152 Sherman Street. Three lines were stretched and operated. Mutual aid was requested from numerous departments to the scene and to cover. Commack FD sent a RIT. The fire was placed under control at approximately 0246 hours. There were no injuries. 

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Car fire on the Long Island Expressway in Hauppauge

Posted 5/12/2019

1407 hours. Hauppauge Fire Department responds to a vehicle fire on the westbound LIE shoulder between 57-56. The vehicle was a total loss. There were no injuries. Assistant Chief Walker operated with units 3-8-13 and 3-8-14. 

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Can you.....Spot the violation Day 2

Posted 5/11/2019

Nothing worse than being at a wedding reception with 320 of your closet friends and relatives and finding that one of the fire exits is completely blocked by a bar! This is yet another example of where a Fire Marshal may arrest the manager on duty and shut down the event until the violation has been cleared. Blocked exits are no joke and the results of an issue like this could be deadly. 

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Can you.....Spot the violation??

Posted 5/10/2019

Welcome to the first of what I am sure will become a regular feature here at SuburbanFireMarshal.org. We will post a photo with a fire violation of some sort depicted. None of the photos are fake and the goal here is to educate folks about fire safety. 

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Vehicle pedestrian collision near Raynor Beach Park in Ronkonkoma

Posted 5/10/2019

Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a crash that seriously injured a teenage bicyclist in Lake Ronkonkoma on Friday.
 
Brian McCabe was driving a 2017 Honda southbound on Ronkonkoma Ave., near Willis Ave., when he collided with a 14-year-old male bicyclist from Ronkonkoma who was exiting Raynor Beach County Park at approximately 7 p.m.
 
The bicyclist was transported by Ronkonkoma Fire Department Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. McCabe, 51, of Ronkonkoma, was not injured.
 
Both the vehicle and the bicycle were impounded for safety checks.
 
Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

)SCPD Press Release)

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Vehicle fire on the Northern State Parkway

Posted 5/9/2019

1050 hours. Commack Fire Department responds to a vehicle fire on the Northern State Parkway near Commack Road. Units arrive to find an involved vehicle on the east bound side. Traffic was shut down while fire department units extinguished the fire. The call turned out be in the Dix Hills Fire District and they responded accordingly. 

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Crash with overturn on Route 347 in Nesconset

Posted 5/8/2019

0910 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a traffic collision with overturn on Route 347 near Terry Road. Units arrived to find that a single car had left the roadway on the westbound side, striking a pole and overturning. Both subjects self extricated and bystanders flipped the car back over prior to the arrival of the fire department. Both occupants were transported to the hospital via ambulance. The right lane was closed for approximately 2 hours while PSE&G replaced the broken utility pole. The St. James Fire Department sent an ambulance to the scene. 

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Washing machine fire at Sunrise Assisted living in Smithtown

Posted 5/6/2019

2000 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department is dispatched to an activated fire alarm at 30 Route 111 (Sunrise Assisted Living). Units arrive to find a light smoke condition within the building. FD personnel quickly locate a malfunctioning washing machine in a laundry room on the 2nd floor. The machine was shut down, the building was searched and crews ventilated to clear the smoke. There were no injuries and FD units operated for approximately 30 minutes. 

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Commack Ambulance taking part of EMS of Tour during NYS EMS Week

Posted 5/5/2019

This coming May 19 through May 25, New York State will celebrate EMS week, acknowledging the dedicated men and women who volunteer and work as EMT’s, Paramedics, and Certified First Responders. This year, the State has challenged us to go “Beyond the Call” and spend more time out in the community. 

To kick off our week-long celebration, Commack Ambulance will join with our colleagues throughout the state by participating in the “EMS on Tour” event. On May 19th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, our volunteers will be traversing the town to visit homes, businesses, shopping centers, parks, and community gatherings to offer demonstrations of our equipment and skills. This is a fantastic opportunity to familiarize yourself with what to do in an emergency, how to summon an ambulance, as well as a great chance to help our younger residents be more comfortable with EMT’s and Paramedics if ever faced with a medical emergency. The ambulances will be open for hands-on exploration so you can see all the materials and cutting-edge equipment available at your side if you should ever need to call for help. 

Beginning May 1 and ending May 12 residents can inquire about sponsoring a stop at their home, business, or any location within the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps response district. We ask that residential stops invite your neighbors and have at least 5 kids (or adults!) who are interested in learning about the ambulance. We’re glad to visit shopping centers, houses of worship, or even parks. Our visit will typically take 15 – 20 minutes.

Click on the Commack Ambulance logo below to be re-directed to the sign up page where you can sponsor a stop at your home, business or elsewhere within the ambulance district.

 

Click this image to go to the CVAC EMS on Tour sign up page.Click this image to go to the CVAC EMS on Tour sign up page.

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Today is International Firefighters Day

Crash with injuries on River Road in Smithtown

Posted 5/4/2019


1508 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched for an MVA with overturn and possible trapped occupant on River Road. First Assistant Chief Diecidue arrived on scene first and confirmed there was an overturned vehicle down an embankment off the road with the driver trapped in the vehicle. Rescue 4-2-9 arrived on scene and members began removing the roof with the aid of the crew of 4-2-4 in order to free the trapped occupant. The patient was extricated shortly after and was transported to the hospital by FD ambulance.

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