Riverhead firefighters respond to three fires during storm

Riverhead firefighters responded to two fires at abandoned homes in the Riverhead area and one in Hampton Bays Sunday morning amid Hurricane Irene’s wind and rain.

No injuries were reported.

Neither fire in the Riverhead area appeared to be storm-related though the causes are being investigated by the town fire marshal’s office, Riverhead Fire Department Chief Nick Luparella said.

Volunteers responded to the first fire at an abandoned two-story home on Northville Turnpike about 4:30 a.m., Mr. Luparella said. Firefighters remained on the scene until about 5:45 a.m., he said.

Minutes later, the fire department responded to a blaze at another abandoned two-story home, this one on Flanders Road in Riverside, across from the McDonald’s.

Later, Riverhead firefighters responded to a house fire in the Hampton Bays area. Volunteers were on the scene there until almost 11 a.m.

Cheif Luparella said although there are downed trees and utility poles throughout town, the department has not responded to any car accidents during the storm.

“There’s really nobody on the road,” he said.

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