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 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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GOOGLE MAPS PHOTO | Two robberies were reported in the Milbrook Gables neighborhood Saturday morning.
Two men reported being robbed in the Milbrook Gables neighborhood of Riverhead in separate incidents involving a gun and a knife about five hours apart Sunday morning, town police said.
Police are investigating the incidents and could not say if they are related.
The first robbery occurred on Melene Street about 4:25 a.m., when a man was walking along the street, police said. The 47-year-old victim said he was approached from behind by a man who pulled out a handgun and demanded cash, according to a police report.
The robbery victim refused to give him any money, and the would-be robber fled the scene, police said.
About five hours later, another man reported being robbed on Carls Place about a block away from the first robbery, police said. Police said the man was threatened with a knife about 9:30 a.m., but could not provide any further details.
Police Detective Sgt. Joseph Loggia said the second victim has since traveled to Connecticut and police were arranging to interview him about the alleged crime this week.
He said detectives are investigating both robberies, and had not made any determinations about whether the robberies are linked or not.
“We don’t know at this point,” Sgt. Loggia said. “We’re working on both.”