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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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Traffic Collision on. Express Drive South in Ronkonkoma

Posted 9/27/2018

Holbrook NY: Ronkonkoma firefighters responded to a car accident today involving two vehicles on Express Drive South near Raymond Court. One driver was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries via a Ronkonkoma FD ambulance. (Long Island) // Photos Via: Bryan Lopez

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Torrential rains wreak havoc and result in extensive damage on the North shore.

Posted 9/25/2018

St. James and Setauket Fire Departments were two of many departments inundated with fire and rescue calls during a sustained torrential rain storm this evening.

St. James handled seven alarms in 30 minutes including live wires burning on a driveway on 25A, a vehicle fire on Moriches Road near Woodlawn, a carbon monoxide detector activation  and numerous people trapped in their vehicles in flood water in that same area. Two others were removed from a vehicle on 25A near Edgewood Avenue. 

Setauket Fire Department handled a multitude of calls for assistance involving people trapped in vehicles and assisted the Port Jefferson Fire Department with evacuations from the village was was heavily flooded. Restaurant patrons had to be rescued from waist high water and even the firehouse took in 3-4 feet of water. 

There were no serious injuries and the water has been receding. More rain is expected tonight.

 

Photos courtesy of Stringer News, St. James Fire Department.

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Hauppauge man arrested following traffic collision

Posted 9/24/2018

Suffolk County Police arrested a Hauppauge man for driving while intoxicated and reckless endangerment following a fatal motor vehicle crash. At approximately 0315 hours, Scott Brunengraber was driving a 2016 Lexus southbound on Terry Road when he struck a 2017 Toyota that was parked in front of 302 Terry Road. The subject turned onto Ingrid Court. Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance was dispatched and transported a passenger from within the car. That passenger was in cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at St. Catherines Hospital. 

Brunengraber was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree.

 

All information in this report comes from SCPD Press Release 18-549212

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Traffic Collision with wires down and a vehicle fire.

Posted 9/14/2018

Hauppauge FIre Department responds to a traffic collision on Motor Parkway near Express Drive South. Units arrive to find a crash between two vehicles. One vehicle was overturned and had taken out a utility pole, resulting in wires down and burning on the overturned vehicle. 

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Two shot in Centereach shortly after 9-11 memorial service

Posted 9/12/2018

After finishing up the annual 9-11 memorial service, the Centereach Fire Department was dispatched with officers from the 6th precinct to a report of a shooting up the block from the firehouse. Units arrived to find a woman in the driver seat of a 2014 Kia Soul with a gunshot wound to the head and a man in the passenger seat with a gunshot wound to the head. A firearm was recovered in the vehicle. Both victims were transported by Centereach Ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital in critical condition. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the 6th squad at 631-854-8652. Information in this story came from SCPD Press Release 18-524924

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Two dead after vehicle leaves roadway and crashes into Commack gas station

Posted 9/12/2018

0210 hours. A Suffolk County Sheriffs Deputy on routine patrol rolled up on a traffic collision at 2211 Jericho Turnpike in Commack. According to Suffolk Police, an adult male driving a 2013 Audi lost control of the vehicle, leaving  the roadway and striking a gasoline pump and then slamming into a canopy pillar at a Sunoco station on the north side of Jericho Turnpike. As a result of the collision, pat of the canopy collapsed. Officers requested a response from Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance. With an active fire in the engine compartment, both occupants were removed from the vehicle. The fixed suppression system extinguished the fire. According to police, both occupants of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Rains bring flooding to Setauket

Posted 9/12/2018

Setauket fire department responded to a call for a water hazard following torrential down pour. Multiple homes in the neighborhood were flooded. Emergency personnel secured power to the homes and Dewatered the neighborhood.

Photos courtesy of Setauket FD Facebook Page.

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Midday overturn on Maple Avenue in Smithtown

Posted 9/12/2018

1255 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department responds to a traffic collision on Maple Avenue. Units arrive to find a crash involving a single vehicle that left the roadway and struck a utility pole at the corner of Maple and Bowers Court. The driver self extricated and suffered minor injuries. The victim was transported to the hospital via Smithtown Fire Department ambulance.  

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Commercial building fire in Ronkonkoma

Posted 9/11/2018

0510 hours. Ronkonkoma Fire Department responds to 239 Hawkins Avenue for an activated fire alarm. Units arrive and find smoke pushing from a single story commercial building. The alarm is re-toned as a structure fire and the mutual aid plan is initiated, bringing in the Lakeland, Nesconset and Holtsville Fire Departments. Crews forced entry, stretched two lines and after a search, located and extinguished the fire in the basement. There were no injuries. St. James Fire Department sent an engine to cover for Ronkonkoma for the duration.

Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven are handling the investigation.

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Heavy rescue on the Sunken Meadow Parkway

Posted 9/10/2018

0849 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department is dispatched to a traffic collision on the Sunken Meadow Parkway. Units find the crash on the southbound side near the eastbound Pulaski Road exit. Both patients were extricated and the Chief placed the incident under control at 917. Mutual aid ambulances from East Northport and Commack Ambulance were requested.

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Multi Agency water search in Stony Brook

Posted 9/6/2018

2221 Hours. The Stony Brook Fire Department responds with the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety to Stony Brook Harbor in regards to a reported flare sighting. Additional boats were requested from the St. James, Setauket and Port Jefferson Fire Departments as well as Suffolk Police, Head of the Harbor Police and the US Coast Guard. The area was searched by boat and by air for over an hour with no results.  All units cleared from the scene by 2330 hours.

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Dump truck overturns in Nesconset

Posted 9/5/2018

1935 hours. Nesconset Fire Department responds to a report of a traffic collision at 15 Chestnut Street off Smithtown Blvd. Units arrive to find that a dump truck has overturned at a construction site. The occupant had self extricated and denied being injured. FD personnel secured the vehicle and turned the scene over to Suffolk Police.

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Second job of the day for Ronkonkoma

Posted 9/4/2018

2006 hours. Ronkonkoma, Farmingville and Nesconset FDs are dispatched to a reported house on fire at 205 Avenue A in the Ronkonkoma Fire District. Ronkonkoma units were first in and advised of an active fire in a vehicle within a garage. Two lines were stretched and the fire was quickly extinguished before extending into the living area. There were no injuries and the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals are handling the cause investigation.

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Propane leak in St. James

Posted 9/4/2018

1045 hours. St. James Fire Department responds to a report of an outside gas leak on Emmet Way in Head of the Harbor. FD units arrived to find that a tree came down and landed on the valve assembly for a buried tank resulting in a leak and damaging the shutoff valve.

Assistant Chief Mills requested a response from the contracted LP gas provider and a line was stretched and operated, dispersing the gas vapors. Crews monitored the atmospheric conditions in the area and the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office put Islip Town Haz-Mat on stand by in case a burn off was necessary. FD personnel were able to stop the leak and then stood by, monitoring until Paraco gas arrived. Units from St. James, Stony Brook and Nesconset Fire Department operated on scene until approximately 1300 hours.

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House destroyed by early morning fire in Ronkonkoma

Posted 9/4/2018

Ronkonkoma, Nesconset and Farmingville Fire Departments were dispatched to a house fire at 90 Dorchester Road in the Ronkonkoma Fire District. Arriving units encountered heavy fire throughout the two story private dwelling. While crews stretched in, additional mutual aid was requested from Centereach for an engine to the scene and St. James FD to cover. Crews spent four hours fighting the fire and the house was a total loss. One occupant was transported to the hospital via ambulance. Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson Squad Detectives. Suffolk Fire Marshals K-9 Section was also called in. Click on the photo below for video from the scene.

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Crash with overturn in St. James

Posted 9/3/2018

1950 hours. St. James FD is dispatched to a traffic collision in the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and Jefferson Ave. As this is right in front of Station 1, units were on scene almost immediately. The crash involved two vehicles, one of which overturned. All of the occupants self extricated and refused medical attention. FD personnel secured both vehicles and turned the scene over to SCPD. 3rd Assistant Chief John Gonzales was the OIC and operated with Rescue 9, Engines 1,3, ladder 7 and both ambulances.

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Yet another wreck on the LIE in Hauppauge

Posted 9/3/2018

1497 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department responds to a traffic collision on the Long Island Expressway. Units arrive and find that a vehicle left the roadway, striking a tree on the westbound side between exits 56 and 57. The lone occupant self extricated prior to the arrival of the FD and Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance. FD personnel secured the vehicle and CIHVAC members transported the subject to Southside Hospital with minor injuries.

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Vehicle crash with fire in Ronkonkoma

Posted 9/1/2018

Ronkonkoma FD responds to a traffic collision on Portion Road near Holbrook Road. Units arrive to find that a truck left the roadway, striking a concrete light pole, but not before bringing down a utility pole and wires in front of CVS. Thankfully, the occupant of the vehicle self extricated as the crash resulted in a fire that destroyed the Chevy pickup truck.  FD units stood fast until PSEG arrived and confirmed that power was removed from the wires. At that point the fire was extinguished. EMS handled patient care. The road was not reopened until some time later in the day to the the extensive cleanup and repairs by PSEG.

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Vehicle driven through front of building in Setauket

Posted 9/1/2018

The Setauket Fire Department responds to a report of a traffic collision on Main Street. Units arrive to find that a vehicle had been driven through the front of Via Pizza and Pasta at 205 Main Street. Damage was significant but the driver was not seriously injured. FD personnel secured the vehicle and assessed the damage, requesting a response from the Town of Brookhaven Building Department. FD/EMS personnel handled patient care. Stringer News Photos.

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Serious crash at Veterans Highway and Motor Parkway in Hauppauge

Posted 8/31/2018

Hauppauge Fire Department and Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance respond to Motor Parkway and Veterans Highway in regards to a traffic collision. Units arrived to find a crash involving two vehicles. While there was no pin, both operators sustained serious injuries. All were transported via ambulance.

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