Local Firefighters had a very busy night on Wednesday May 18. Oyster Bay Firefighters were alerted at 02:55 hrs for a request for one engine to respond to the scene of a working house fire in East Norwich. Oyster Bay Engine 552 responded to this alarm along with Chiefs Mantegari Jr. and Bellissimo. While operating at this scene the Oyster Bay Fire Department was alerted for a report of a house fire at 03:35 hrs. Upon arrival, firefighters were met with a fully involved wood frame structure under construction. A second alarm was transmitted and mutual aid was requested from Bayville, Syosset, and Locust Valley, all to the scene. Due to the intensity of the fire, it rapidly spread to the exposures, which were an occupied private dwelling and a second wood frame structure under construction. The heat was so intense that houses and cars across the street from the blaze suffered heat damage. Firefighters forged an aggressive interior attack of the occupied home removing all occupants and advancing hose lines into the 2nd and 3rd floors. However, the fire caused very severe damage to the exterior and roof of the home.
The initial fire building was a complete loss and damage to the second structure under construction was limited. While operating at this fire, Oyster Bay Command was notified of a report of an unknown type fire in the vicinity of the Yacht Club near the Roosevelt Park Marina at 04:38 hrs. When firefighters arrived at this call they were met with a 1 and a story 20×150 multipurpose building with a heavy fire condition that had extended into the ceiling and to a vehicle parked in close proximity to the structure. Roosevelt Park Command was established and struck a third alarm requesting all manpower to respond to their respective stations. Mutual aid was requested from East Norwich, Sea Cliff, Glenwood, Glen Cove, Glen Cove EMS, Roslyn Rescue, Jericho, Cold Spring Harbor, Plainview, and Hicksville. The Hicksville Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials team was requested to this alarm for the unknown contents inside of the building and runoff problems with the building being so close to the water. All mutual aid companies operating at the first alarm were relocated to the second alarm given the status of the first fire being deemed under control.
The Nassau County Fire Marshal was requested immediate for all alarms, which are still under investigation. All units operated at all scenes with only one minor injury reported. The aided was transported by ambulance 5526 to Syosset Hospital. All units were released from their respective scenes at 06:15 hrs and returned to the fire house to clean tools, hose, and apparatus in order to ensure that all equipment be in a fire ready condition. The Officers and Members of the Oyster Bay Fire Department would also like to extend their gratitude to the residents of the community who live in the area of the hamlet affected by the fire for their generosity by bringing out water and refreshments during the fire, it was much appreciated.