Two separate car accidents involving eight vehicles caused the Riverhead Fire Department and Riverhead Town Police to jump into action Friday afternoon.
The two calls were received roughly 20 minutes apart, causing officials to divide their resources as they rushed to aid possible victims and clear the roadways. READ
Fourth-grader Jenifer Ponce sat with classmates at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in October, listening as members of the Riverhead Fire Department taught them how to handle an emergency call.
Bill Sanok, the department’s public information officer, shared the story of a young girl whose 911 call helped save a life two years ago, when a fire broke out in a first-floor apartment on Middle Road in Riverhead.
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A sprinkler sprays down the area where a fire claimed a storage area containing gardening supplies
Riverhead firefighters doused a small brush fire that burned a woman’s gardening supplies at a Phillips Lane property Wednesday morning.
The fire started at about 9:30 a.m. in a storage area outside where the owner of the property keeps her potting soil and other greenhouse supplies, according to fire officials.
Fire crews brought the blaze under control before windy conditions caused the fire to spread. Flanders Fire Department had been on standby during the fire, but were not called to the scene. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
No one was hurt in the fire and there was no structural damage to the owner’s home or her greenhouses nearby. The owner, who said she’d experienced fires before, said this fire was relatively minor.
“You can always replace [the supplies],” she said.
The Riverhead Police Department has identified Heinz W. Horatschek, 63, as the man who died in residential fire at the R & R Mobile Home Park at 18 Red Bird Place off Old Country Road in Riverhead late on the night of Friday, Jan. 6.
Police said they and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad are investigating the cause of the fire.