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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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Setauket, Centereach and St. James send units to Stony Brook house fire on Sand Street in Stony Brook

Posted 6/30/2019

1423 hours. Stony Brook Fire Department responds to a report of a house fire at 12 Sand Street. Units arrive to find an active fire within a two story private dwelling. Mutual aid requested from Centereach for a RIT, Setauket for an engine and St. James for a ladder. Crews stretched in and all fire was extinguished by 1510 hours. A major rain and wind storm rolled through the area during this fire, resulting in a water rescue at Sand Street Beach. The Setauket Fire Department sent their boat to handle. 

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Fast moving storm wreaks havoc on the township

Posted 6/30/2019

1445 hours. Hauppauge, Smithtown and Kings Park were hit especially hard, but Commack took the brunt of the storm, with trees down on most streets on both sides of New Highway.

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Smithtown FD handles overturn in front of the bull.

Posted 6/29/2019

Smithtown Fire Department responds to a report of a traffic collision with overturn in front of the bull (25 and 25A). Units arrive to find one vehicle overturned but no one trapped. EMS personnel transported two subjects to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Heavy Rescue on Middle Country Road in Lake Grove

Posted 6/27/2019

1133 hours. Centereach FIre Department responds to a traffic collision at Middle Country Road at New Moriches Road. Units arrive to find a crash involving two vehicles. Suffolk Police ESU officers "popped" the door on one vehicle to allow EMS personnel to remove the patient. The victim was transported to the hospital via ambulance. 

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Shed fire on Newton Blvd in Ronkonkoma

Posted 6/27/2019

The Ronkonkoma, Farmingville, Lakeland and Nesconset Fire Departments are dispatched to a report of a shed fire to the rear of 86 Newton Blvd in the Ronkonkoma Fire District. Ronkonkoma FD was first in, confirmed an involved shed and extinguished same with a high pressure line. All mutuals were cancelled. There were no injuries and the scene was turned over to the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office.

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Traffic collision in Commack

Posted 6/26/2019

2028 hours. Commack Fire Department responds to a traffic collision at the intersection of Commack Road and Wicks Road. Units arrive to find a crash involving two vehicles. Commack Ambulance handled patient care and transport, FD personnel secured the vehicles. 

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Head on Traffic collision in Kings Park

Posted 6/26/2019

1932 hours. Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a crash that injured two people, one seriously, in Kings Park.
 
William Seitz was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on St. Johnland Road near Squire Lane when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and crashed head-on into a 2016 Chrysler driven by Carissa Clancy at approximately 7:30 p.m. 
 
Seitz, 54, of Northport, extricated by firefighters from the Kings Park and Smithtown Fire Departments and was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Clancy, 26, of Kings Park, was extricated by firefighters and was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital via Kings Park Fire Department ambulance under police escort with non-life-threatening injuries.
 
Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks.
 
The investigation is continuing. 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.

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EMS Crews busy during High School graduation ceremonies

Posted 6/26/2019

With afternoon temps near 90 degrees under a cloudless sky, The Commack and Smithtown school districts held their graduation ceremonies today. Commack 9 people, St. James 3, Smithtown 1. 

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Body found in burning house on Grissom Way in Hauppauge

Posted 6/26/2019
2250 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department responds to a reported house fire at 108 Grissom Way off Carpenter Lane. Assistant Chief Brett Martinez was first in and advised of an active fire in a two story private dwelling. Arriving units picked up a hydrant and stretched three lines on the fire. Mutual aid was requested from the Smithtown Fire Department for an engine to the scene and the Central Islip FIre Department for a RIT to the scene. While performing a search of the building, firefighters located a deceased 59 year old male.  The fire was placed under control within 38 minutes and the final FD unit secured from the scene at 0108 hours. The scene was secured and turned over to detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad and Homicide Squad. Police determined that the deceased started the fire and then ended his life with a gun. The Saint James Fire Department sent an engine and a Chief to cover. Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance handled EMS duties on scene. 
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Single vehicle crash with ejection on the LIE in Hauppauge

Posted 6/24/2019

0035 hours. Hauppauge Fire Department and CI-Hauppauge Ambulance respond to a vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway. 

 
Suffolk County Police report that Hugo A. Chavez was driving a 2007 Honda sedan westbound on the Long Island Expressway when he lost control of the vehicle between exits 55 and 56 at approximately 12:35 a.m. The Honda rolled over repeatedly, ejecting Chavez into right lane of the roadway, then crashed into the woods. Two bystanders pulled Chavez off the roadway. Melqui Misael Chevez Rivas, the front passenger in the Honda, remained in the vehicle until it came to rest.
 
Chavez, 30, of Huntington Station, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Chevez Rivas, 22, of Huntington Station, was transported by Hauppauge Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  
 
The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.

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Can you spot the violation-Day 13

Posted 6/23/2019

This one is pretty obvious. The photo was taken up in MA and shows a vehicle illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant. The fire department needed to use the hydrant during a structure fire so members physically moved the car over and then smashed the windows to run the hose through. Hopefully a summons or two was issued to the irresponsible driver. 

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Hauppauge Sends a RIT to fire in Central Islip

Posted 6/23/2019

0035 hours. Central Islip Fire Department responds to multiple reports of a house fire in the vicinity of Violet Street and Carnation Avenue. Units arrive to find heavy fire throughout a private dwelling. Due to the extent of the fire and a partial collapse, units took up a defensive position, protecting the exposures. Mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge FIre Department for a RIT, Islip Terrace for an engine to the scene and East Islip to cover. The master stream on CI's tower ladder was placed into operation and the fire was brought under control 

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Pedestrian struck by a vehicle in Commack

Posted 6/22/2019

1323 Commack Volunteer Ambulance and Commack Fire Department respond to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle In front of Ulta Cosmetics 78 Veterans Highway. The victim was transported with minor injuries.

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CVAC sends ambulance to traffic collision in Brentwood

Posted 6/22/2019

1900 hours. Brentwood Legion Ambulance is dispatched to a report of a traffic collision with injuries in front of 179 Floyd Street off Washington Avenue . Units arrived to fire a multi-vehicle crash with heavy entrapment and numerous victims, at least one of whom was critical. The Brentwood Fire Department was requested to the scene as well as additional ambulances from the East Brentwood Fire Department and Commack Ambulance. 

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Centereach and Setauket go to working fire in Selden

Posted 6/22/2019

1547 Selden Fire Department responds to a report of a shed on fire at 12 Whitmore Lane. Units arrive to find a fully involved out building with fire extending to a private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from numerous departments including Setauket for RIT and Centereach to cover. Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals are investigating.

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Driver hits five vehicles in Stony Brook

Posted 6/22/2019

1501 hours. An elderly female driver lost control of the vehicle she was operating while attempting to pull into a handicap spot in the Lowes Movie theater parking lot. After hitting one unoccupied vehicle head on, she backed up hitting three other unoccupied vehicle. The then pulled forward and struck an additional unoccupied vehicle, a station and a small tree. The driver was transported to the hospital via Centereach Fire Department Ambulance. There were no other injuries.

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Fuel spill in Commack

Posted 6/21/2019

The Commack Fire Department responds to the corner of Maple Lane Drive and Veterans Highway in regard to a 911 call reporting hundreds of gallons of oil flowing down the street. Fire Department units arrive to find a small fuel spill (less than five gallons) with fuel being carried down the street by rain water. FD personnel applied speedy dry to the affected area and created a berm around a storm drain to contain the fuel oil. A Fire Marshal was requested to respond as was NYS DEC Spills unit and Encon Police. The occupant was ordered to clean up the spill, recover all contaminated dirt and properly dispose of same. Three summonses were issued by the Encon Police.

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Kings Park Fire Department awards 2019 Edward Mankuski Scholarships

Posted 6/21/2019

The Kings Park Fire Department awarded the 2019 Edward Mankuski scholarships to six young adults this week. The winners are Lauren Weir,  Jenna Lee, Evan Garland, Chris Leavy, Bridget Pickford and Katherine Cheadle. Congratulations to all and best of luck in all of your future endeavors!

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Multi-vehicle crash with PIN in Centereach

Posted 6/20/2019

The Centereach Fire Department responds to Hawkins Road and Wireless Road in regards to a traffic collision. Units arrive to find a multi-vehicle crash with a subject trapped. FD personnel went to work to open the vehicle, while EMS personnel triage and treat the injured. Mutual aid was requested from the Setauket Fire Department for an ambulance. While en-route to this call, a Setauket Chief was involved in a separate traffic collision, eliciting a full response from his department. All of the injured were transported to the hospital via Centereach and Setauket FD ambulances.

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Nicholas Kefalos is sworn in as the Chief Fire Marshal for the Town of Smithtown

Posted 6/19/2019

Senior Fire Marshal Nicholas Kefalos was sworn in today as the new Chief Fire Marshal for the Town of Smithtown. Kefalos has been with the Town since 2004, starting as a Fire Marshal and then being promoted to a Senior Fire Marshal. Nick takes over for Richard McKay, who retired December. Nick heads up a 12 man Fire Prevention Division within the Department of Public Safety.


Smithtown Fire Marshals are sworn New York State peace officers charged with the enforcement of state and local fire prevention laws. Law enforcement training is provided through the Nassau and/or Suffolk County police and sheriff’s academies. The Fire Marshals are certified fire investigators  and also registered by the state as fire code enforcement officials. Fire Marshals maintain other required certifications in disciplines such as hazardous materials response and handling, safety officer, incident command and emergency management. 

Fire Marshals conduct code compliance and life safety inspections of commercial and municipal sites. Reports are provided to administrators and owners which list items in need of corrective action. Determinations are made if businesses are required to obtain any operating permits issued by the division. 

Fire Marshals respond to fire scenes to perform the investigation necessary to determine the origin and cause of the fire. While performing investigations, Fire Marshals work with the detectives from the Suffolk Police Departments Arson Squad, NYS Park Police, Village police officers, Federal agencies such as the BATF and the FBI, department of health and social service officials and other various agencies.

Fire Marshals also respond to life safety incidents involving town properties and town personnel for documentation, mitigation and corrective action. Because the town of Smithtown is host to the largest industrial park in the country, there is concern also for hazardous material incidents. Daily, Fire Marshals gather information relative to the handling and use of such materials. 

Fire Marshals offer fire safety education programs to a variety of audiences, including schools, health care facilities, skilled care facilities and industrial facilities and civic groups. Training sessions are also provided to town employees in a variety of topics, including but not limited to; fire prevention, CPR, workplace hazard recognition, etc. Best of luck Chief Kefalos.

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