11/13/14 3:33pm

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Update, 4:10 p.m.: A mother and her adult daughter escaped from their burning condo unharmed, according to Riverhead Police.

The fire is believed to have started in the chimney shortly before 3 p.m.

Just about an hour later, most of the flames had been extinguished by fire volunteers that had responded to the scene. (more…)

10/23/14 6:00pm
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Amberlynn (left) and Lyn Fountaine posed for photos at Lyn's graduation this year, just two days after her father was injured in the fire. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Amberlynn (left) and Lyn Fountaine posed for photos at Lyn’s graduation this year, just two days after her father was injured in the fire. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Four months after a fire destroyed the Fountaine family’s home in Northampton, friends and neighbors are coming together to raise funds through a Chinese auction and dinner event called “Love Thy Neighbor.”

One day before the event, the dinner has already sold out of nearly all 250 of its $50 tickets. (more…)

07/22/14 10:52am
07/22/2014 10:52 AM
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A fire gutted a home on Dogwood Drive in Wading River Tuesday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A Wading River woman and her family’s two dogs were rescued from a structure fire that “significantly” damaged a Dogwood Drive home this morning.

About 60 fire personnel from seven different departments responded to the two-story home shortly after 8:20 a.m., Wading River fire officials and Riverhead Town police said at the scene.   (more…)

04/27/14 5:33pm
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On Monday morning, the crashed truck of Ronald Diachun still remained crunched into the tree he hit while fleeing to get help Saturday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

On Monday morning, the crashed truck of Ronald Diachun still remained crunched into the tree he hit while fleeing to get help Saturday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The owner of a mobile home that caught fire on Peconic Bay Blvd. in Laurel Saturday night crashed his vehicle into a tree while attempting to leave the scene for help, Southold Town police said.

Laurel resident Ronald Diachun, 55, crashed his 1991 Chevrolet after the fire sparked at around 7:50 p.m., police said. The Mattituck Fire Department transported Mr. Diachun to Peconic Bay Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, officials said.

The fire department found the trailer fully engulfed in flames and firefighters put the fire out, police said.

No other information about the incident or Mr. Diachun’s injuries were immediately available.

Police said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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A mobile home trailer was fully engulfed in flames Saturday night. (Credit: Google Maps image)

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
01/07/2014 3:28 PM
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
01/02/2014 1:16 PM
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.