03/01/14 3:15pm
03/01/2014 3:15 PM
Wading River Deli will donate the proceeds from sales made this Sunday to the Dalecki family, who lose their Wading River home in a fire earlier this month. (Paul Squire photo)

Wading River Deli will donate the proceeds from sales made this Sunday to the Dalecki family, who lose their Wading River home in a fire earlier this month. (Paul Squire photo)

If you find yourself hankering for a hero this weekend then stop by Wading River Deli, whose owners plan to donate the proceeds made from each purchase between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday to the family of Jean and George Dalecki, who lost their Wading River home in a fire earlier this month. (more…)

01/07/14 3:28pm
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CARRIE MILLER | Firefighters at the scene of a basement fire on Kay Road in Calverton.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Firefighters at the scene of a basement fire on Kay Road in Calverton.

A painter working at a Calverton home alerted a family living in the home to a fire in the basement Tuesday afternoon, allowing everyone in the residence to escape safely.

Paul Ray was upstairs painting in a bedroom with two other men when he said he saw smoke coming from the basement. He alerted family members in the home to the threat, and six fire departments responded to the the fire.

A woman who said she lived in the home said, “[The painter] ran in the room and I just grabbed the kids and got out.”

Wading River, Riverhead, Manorville, Rocky Point, Sound Beach and Ridge Fire Departments were all on scene. The fire was contained and knocked down within a half hour.

Joy Parson, a next door neighbor, said that she had woken from a nap to see smoke pouring from the home. “I said ‘Oh my god,” she said.

The cause remains under investigation by the Riverhead Town Fire Marshals.

Check back as more information becomes available.

01/02/14 1:16pm
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TOM LAMBUI PHOTO/LIHOTSHOTS.COM | Firefighters battle a Riverside Drive house fire from the roof Wednesday.

TOM LAMBUI PHOTO/LIHOTSHOTS.COM | Firefighters battle a Riverside Drive house fire from the roof Wednesday.

A fire on New Year’s Day that sent a man to the hospital with second-degree burns on his face was caused after someone in the house took ashes from the home’s wood stove and placed them under the back deck, eventually sparking a flame which gutted the Riverside Drive home.

According to chief fire marshal Craig Zitek, ashes placed outside insulated some embers that must have been in the pile.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people do that type of thing,” he said. “They don’t realize the coals that are left over from the burning woods. And ash is a very good insulator, so when it sits at the bottom of the fireplace or wood stove, those coals can stay hot for two or three days. Maybe longer. And if they come into contact with anything combustible, they will ignite it.”

About 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Riverhead police and fire departments — as well as emergency responders from Flanders, Jamesport, Eastport and Wading River Fire Departments — responded to the scene of the fire, knocking it down in about an hour. Close to 80 firefighters in total responded.

At the time of the fire, three individuals were inside the home, which belongs to artist Rani Carson, whom a neighbor described as retired. Ms. Carson had taught art classes at Suffolk County Community College.

Mr. Zitek suggested that individuals who are removing ash should place it in a metal garbage can, at least 10 feet away from a home.

“This way, if something does ignite, the only thing that’s going to burn is the garbage can,” he said. “We investigate a fair number of these each year.”

Mr. Zitek also suggested dousing the ashes with water outside.

As far as damage to the home itself, he said “unfortunately there’s a lot of damage.” Despite the fact that the fire occurred outside, firefighters had to rip open walls to check the status of wood beams, which — due to construction methods at the time — run all the way from the basement to the attic.

Michael White contributed to this article.

01/01/14 1:38pm
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TOM LAMBUI PHOTO/LIHOTSHOTS.COM | Firefighters battle a Riverside Drive house fire from the roof Wednesday.

T.J. LAMBUI PHOTO/LI HOTSHOTS | Firefighters battle a Riverside Drive fire from the roof.

A Riverside Drive home owned by a local artist was gutted by fire Wednesday, sending one man to a hospital with burns to his face and requiring 80 volunteer firefighters from five nearby fire departments.

The fire broke out in the back of the two-story home shortly after 11 a.m., said Riverhead Fire Department spokesman Bill Sanok.

“When we arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the back,” Mr. Sanok said. “The whole back of the building is torched.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Riverhead Fire Marshals.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Firefighters douse the remnants of a Riverside Drive fire on Wednesday.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Firefighters douse the remnants of Wednesday’s fire on Riverside Drive.

Riverhead police arrived on scene first, followed by the Riverhead Fire Department and shortly after, the Flanders Fire Department’s rapid intervention team.

Jamesport and Eastport Fire Departments followed suit, and a Wading River Fire Department ambulance reported on scene as well.

The home is owned by artist Rani Carson, whom a neighbor described as retired. Ms. Carson had taught art classes at Suffolk County Community College.

Mr. Sanok said three people were able to escape from the home safely, including the injured man.

The injured man was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of second-degree burns, said Lisa Corwin, assistant chief with the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Fire squads had to take to the roof to cut holes in the roof and a second floor wall to allow the fire to ventilate as they fought it, Mr. Sanok said.

The fire was under control in about an hour and volunteers were still on scene as of 1 p.m.

Neighbor A.J. Lacombe, who lives across the street from the damaged home, said he was alerted of the fire by his barking dog and saw quite the surprise upon looking across the street.

“I went out to see the police were here, then came the firefighters,” he said. “I saw the flames over the fence, about six feet tall.

“It was a matter of minutes and it went right up.”

mwhite@timesreview.com

09/08/13 8:17am
09/08/2013 8:17 AM
RACHEL YOUNG FIRE | Town authorities at the scene of Sunday morning's fire at 70 Segal Avenue.

RACHEL YOUNG FIRE | Town authorities at the scene of Sunday morning’s fire at 70 Segal Avenue.

Town fire marshals are investigating a fire that sparked in a vacant Riverhead house Sunday morning and burned through a couch inside before firefighters were able to respond and extinguish it.

The fire started about 7 a.m. at 70 Segal Avenue in the Milbrook Gables neighborhood off East Main Street, where someone had called 911 after seeing smoke rising from the building.

RACHEL YOUNG | Riverhead and Flanders firefighters responded.

RACHEL YOUNG | Riverhead and Flanders firefighters responded to the Segal Avenue property.

Riverhead and Flanders firefighters responded to what was described as an active fire and quickly brought the blaze under control.

Firefighters were wrapping up the scene by 8 a.m.

No arrests or injuries were reported by police or volunteers.

“It’s a vacant house,” said Riverhead Fire Department spokesman Bill Sanok. “The police thought someone was in there so we called Flanders’ rapid intervention team.

“If people were in there, they could have gotten them out in a hurry.”

Riverhead fire marshal Dave Andruszkiewicz said only that “an investigation is ongoing.”

This was the same house at which members of the district attorney’s East End Drug Task Force raided in February and arrested a 41-year-old man, Michael James, on drug charges.

Mr. James is due back in court on Sept. 18.


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09/03/13 5:00pm
09/03/2013 5:00 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters responded to a small kitchen fire at Riverhead Landing Tuesday afternoon.

Two people, including a Riverhead Town police officer, were treated for minor smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a Riverhead apartment building Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

An automatic alarm call at about 3:45 p.m. alerted Riverhead firefighters to the fire at Building 3 at Riverhead Landing. Fire Chief Joseph Raynor was the first chief on scene and he found smoke coming from the building, said first assistant chief Kevin Brooks. The building was quickly evacuated.

Riverhead firefighters arrived on scene and doused the fire, which started in a pot of “chicken wings” on the stove, Mr. Brooks said.

By 4:10 pm the fire was extinguished. The fire was contained to the kitchen, but Mr. Brooks said other parts of the building suffered smoke damage.

One person inside the building and a police officer assisting at the scene were both treated for minor smoke inhalation, authorities said. The resident was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

psquire@timesreview.com

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters responded to a small kitchen fire at Riverhead Landing Tuesday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters responded to a small kitchen fire at Riverhead Landing Tuesday afternoon.

04/20/13 12:00pm
04/20/2013 12:00 PM

Fire department volunteers had to remove the doors to this Pulaski Street industrial building to get at the flames early Saturday Morning.

An early morning fire caused extensive damage to the western side of a Pulaski Street industrial building, fire officials said.

About 45 Riverhead and Flanders Fire Department volunteers responded to the building at 817 Pulaski Street, which is also home to the Long Ireland Beer Company, said Bill Sanok, press officer for the Riverhead Fire Department. Jamesport volunteers remained on standby.

“The call came in as a fire at Long Ireland Brewery, but it was in a section at the west end of the building,” Mr. Sanok said. “They were co-tenants.

“It was pretty extensive damage. The structure was OK but all of the insulation was burned off,” he said. “They had to take rip down the door to respond to the flames.”

MATTHEW FORREST COURTESY PHOTO | A fire broke out early Saturday morning in Polish Town.

Fire volunteers spent about two hours on the call, extinguishing the fire just before 4 a.m. Volunteers used truck ladders to cut venting holes on the north and south sides of the building’s roof, Mr. Sanok said.

Long Ireland Beer Company, located on the eastern side of the building, was filled with smoke as a result of the fire, but did not sustain any damages, said Greg Martin, the company’s co-owner.

“Nothing serious happened to us,” Mr. Martin said. “We were very fortunate.”

Mr. Martin said a part-time woodworking company uses the west side of the building.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Riverhead Fire Marshall, Mr. Sanok said.

cmiller@timesreview.com

04/19/13 11:32pm
04/19/2013 11:32 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Firefighters put out a house fire in Jamesport Friday night.

Jamesport Fire Department volunteers quickly put out house fire on Lockitt Drive that started while the occupants of the home were away Friday night.

“We had gone out and when we got back home, we heard the fire alarms and saw the smoke,” said Dieter Schwarz, who lives at the home with his wife, Laurie, and step-daughter Amanda.

“We called 911 and then we started getting our animals out,” he said.

The animals rescued were a dog, three cats, three birds and four turtles.

Mr. Schwarz said the home was filled with smoke when they opened the doors. They noticed the fire at about 8:45 p.m, he said.

Jamesport fire chief Duffy Griffiths said about 50 volunteer firefighters responded with help from the Mattituck Fire Department, which was on standby at the scene. The Riverhead Fire Department sent a rapid response team of veteran firefighters trained to rescue firefighters who may run into difficulty fighting the flames.

“We knocked it down real quick,” chief Griffiths said.

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance also was on the scene, although no one was injured and all of the animals were accounted for.

Mr. Schwarz said they breathed in smoke while looking for the animals but were OK.

The fire started in the back wall of the building, although the cause had yet to be determined, chief Griffiths said.

Mr. Schwarz said it appears to have started near a basement dryer, although he said the dryer wasn’t on while they were away.

Riverhead fire marshal Dave Andruszkiewicz is investigating the fire’s cause.

tgannon@timesreview.com

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Firefighters put out a house fire in Jamesport Friday night.