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Woman saved by good Samaritan from Jamesport fire, one firefighter injured

09/09/2017 4:42 PM |

A woman escaped a house fire in Jamesport with the help of a good Samaritan and a firefighter was injured battling the blaze Saturday.

Mike Gatto was enjoying the afternoon at Jason’s Vineyard on Main Road when he noticed smoke coming from a nearby house. Authorities received the emergency call around 2:45 p.m.

“Me and two friends went around the back of the house, grabbed a woman inside the house and walked her to the front and away from the fire,” he said.

Two dogs were also rescued from the home, according to witnesses. A cat didn’t survive the fire, authorities said.

Jamesport, Mattituck and Cutchogue fire departments responded to the scene and the Riverhead Fire Department remained on standby.

Jamesport Fire Department Chief John Andrejack said a Mattituck firefighter suffered minor injuries and the woman was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

“It was totally involved when we got here,” he said. “It is now contained. There are still hot spots, but it’s under control.”

He added: “There were walls inside that prevented the flow of water.”

A portion of Main Road remains closed as of 4 p.m. No other details about the investigation were immediately available. Check back for updates.

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Photo credit: Steve Wick

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