Update: Sound Avenue fire still under investigation

04/06/2013 10:24 PM |
RIVERHEAD FIRE DEPARTMENT PHOTO | Firefighters battle a house fire on Sound Avenue Saturday night.

RIVERHEAD FIRE DEPARTMENT PHOTO | Firefighters battle a house fire on Sound Avenue Saturday night.

The Suffolk County Arson Squad and Riverhead police are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Riverhead house Saturday night.

Firefighters responded to the single-story house at 3267 Sound Ave., just east of Park Road, about 7:30 p.m. following reports of a burning building, fire officials said. The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters reached the scene, according to a report.

Two men, a resident and a guest, were inside the home when it caught fire, said Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard. They ran away from the fire and escaped unharmed, he said.

More than 70 firefighters from the Riverhead and Wading River fire departments spent close to a half-hour extinguishing the fire, officials said. Jamesport firefighters were called to Riverhead’s headquarters on standby, according to the report.

The fire was concentrated in the back of the house and the deck, according to the fire report. Firefighters used a ladder truck and hose lines to beat back the blaze, which caused “extensive damage” to the house, the report states.

No one was injured in the fire, Lt. Lessard said.

The fire’s cause is currently classified as undetermined, he said.

Sound Avenue was closed in both directions between Horton and Roanoke avenues while firefighters battled the blaze.

cmurray@timesreview.com

With Paul Squire

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | The outside of a house that burned Saturday night in Riverhead.