08/30/12 2:37pm
08/30/2012 2:37 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Firefighters in a brush truck spray down a small brush fire in Aquebogue Thursday afternoon.

Riverhead firefighters used hoses and a brush truck to douse a fire that sparked in a field near Reeves Creek in Aquebogue Thursday afternoon.

The fire began in a high grassy area just south of Peconic Bay Boulevard about 1:40 p.m., said third assistant chief Pete Jackman.

Firefighters arrived on scene with an engine and used a hose to put out the fire. A brush truck —  a specialized vehicle used to access areas off roadways — drove into the brush as a precaution and drenched the area with water to completely extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire has not been determined yet, said Riverhead Fire Department Chief Anthony White.


07/17/12 11:00am
07/17/2012 11:00 AM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Firefighters made quick work of a car fire south of Pulaski Street in Polish Town early Tuesday morning.

Riverhead firefighters quickly put out a small blaze that engulfed a sedan behind a Polish Town home early Tuesday morning.

No one was was hurt during the fire, officials said.

The fire department received the call for a vehicle fire on Hamilton Avenue at 3:32 a.m. The first fire chiefs arrived on the scene two minutes later.

A fire department volunteer at the scene said the car, which was parked behind a residence south of Pulaski Street was “flaming up pretty good” when firefighters first got to the scene. Firefighters had the fire under control by 4 a.m. while Riverhead police officers blocked off the road between Pulaski and Lincoln Streets.

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Riverhead Fire Department chief Anthony White said the car was unoccupied when the fire started, adding that the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.


04/18/12 3:55pm
04/18/2012 3:55 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The inside of a burnt out 2001 Ford Focus that caught fire Wednesday afternoon in Calverton.

A Mattituck man and his passenger escaped from a car fire Wednesday afternoon in Calverton.

The driver, Atif Bashir, said he was heading home from Medford when his 2001 Ford Focus “started dying” after he smelled antifreeze.

“A friend of mine popped the hood and it was in flames,” Mr. Bashir said. “It was like one, two, three and it was gone.”

Riverhead Fire Department officials said the car fire occurred at about 2:16 p.m. on Edwards Avenue, just north of Riley Avenue, in Calverton.

No injuries were reported.

The Riverhead Fire Department responded to the car fire and extinguished the blaze by 2:45 p.m. Edwards Avenue was re-opened 15 minutes later.

Fire officials said the fire doesn’t appear to be suspicious.


03/21/12 2:32pm
03/21/2012 2:32 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Jamesport Fire Department volunteers extinguish a fire at the Bayview Inn Tuesday night.

Jamesport firefighters quickly put out a small kitchen fire at an empty South Jamesport restaurant Tuesday night, preventing significant damage to the building, according to fire officials.

The fire department received an alert about an automatic fire alarm at the Bayview Inn at about 10:34 p.m., according to a statement from the department. Fire crews arrived on the scene and found smoke coming from the kitchen area of the closed building.

Firefighters entered the kitchen and put out the small fire. The fire was caused by rags and cleaning supplies that had “self-combusted,” fire officials said.

Chief Duffy Griffiths credited the firefighters’ quick response with preventing the fire from doing damage to the premises.


02/27/12 4:22pm
02/27/2012 4:22 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Live in Riverhead but serve a fire department outside of town, if you hurry now you could be eligible for a tax exemption.

Fire department or ambulance corps volunteers who live in Riverhead Town but have served in a Suffolk County department that is outside the town will soon be able to quality for a 10 percent town tax exemption, if they’ve been in that department for more than 20 years.

But they better hurry.

The Riverhead Town Board is expected to approve that measure at a special meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. In order to qualify, volunteers must file for the exemption by the end of the business day on March 1, which is this Thursday.  Town Hall closes at 4:30 p.m. that day.

Town Assessor Mason Haas said prior to this, the exemption was available to these volunteers only from their county tax, and the county tax in Riverhead isn’t that big to begin with. Volunteers who live in Riverhead and serve in a department in town are already eligible for the exemption. The state created the exemption several years ago and gives town, counties and school districts the option of enacting it.

“There are some people who live in the town but work outside the town and have joined a fire department or ambulance where they work,” Mr. Haas said. “Those people had not been eligible for the tax exemption that other volunteers receive.”

He said the move comes at the suggestion of Councilman John Dunleavy.

Mr. Haas said there are 15 volunteers who qualify for the exemption, and the total amount of the exemption, for all 15 combined, is $2,978.

The Town Board held a public hearing on the proposal on Feb. 7.


01/23/12 11:24am
01/23/2012 11:24 AM

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Emergency officials tend to the scene of a crash on Sound Avenue in Mattituck Monday morning.

The driver of a caravan looking to turn into a Sound Avenue driveway Monday morning was struck by a Mercury Cougar heading eastbound near Kirkup Lane in Mattituck, emergency officials said.

The van had been headed westbound before turning south toward the driveway about 9:40 a.m., officials said.

Both drivers were transported to local hospitals, according to Mattituck second assistant fire chief Erick Haas, though neither was believed to be seriously injured. The driver of the Cougar, who was aided by a pair of airbags that deployed in the crash, was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center. The driver of the caravan was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital, authorities said.

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