Electrical fire injures contractor in Calverton Hills home

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Firefighters on the scene in the Calverton Hills complex.

A contractor was injured Monday afternoon when an electrical panel caught fire as he was doing work inside a Calverton townhouse, fire officials said.

An electrical fire sparked in the breaker box about 12:40 p.m. at 226 Hill Rise in the Calverton Hills development, sending smoke throughout the home, said Riverhead Fire Department Chief Nick Luparella. The fire then spread to the wires inside the living room wall.

Riverhead firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control using dry powder, containing the damage to the one residence, officials said.

The victim, a heating systems contractor, was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment. Police at the scene said the man’s injuries were non-life threatening and an update on the man’s condition was not immediately available.

Long Island Power Authority crews arrived about 1:30 p.m. to cut power to the home.

What caused the electrical fire was still under investigation by the Brookhaven Town fire marshal.

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