Riverhead firefighters put out Hubbard Avenue fire

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters at the scene of Sunday afternoon's fire.
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters at the scene of Sunday afternoon’s fire.

A utility building near downtown Riverhead caught fire just before noon Sunday, fire officials said. Riverhead firefighters, who arrived on the scene in less than five minutes, quickly brought the blaze under control.

A passing firefighter saw the fire in a utility building  near a mobile home park on Hubbard Avenue about 11:55 a.m., said second assistant fire chief Kevin Brooks.

“There was smoke pouring out of the window,” said Riverhead police officer Sean Mackie, who got to the fire moments before fire crews arrived.

Riverhead firefighters rushed to the scene and used ladders to reach the fire in the attic of the building, authorities said. A Flanders rapid intervention team assisted Riverhead firefighters while Jamesport Fire Department crews were standing by at the Riverhead fire station in case they were needed.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers were also called to the scene, but no one was hurt in the fire. The nearby mobile homes were not evacuated, fire officials said.

By 12:30 p.m., the fire was under control. Riverhead Fire Department press officer Bill Sanok said the fire may have been caused by an electrical problem, but added the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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