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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
EMFD extinguishes two house fires
Courtesy EMFD
East Meadow Fire Department firefighters responded to a house fire on Beverly Place on Aug. 21., and extinguished the flames in 20 minutes.

The East Meadow Fire Department extinguished two blazes at East Meadow homes last week, one on Beverly Place on Aug. 21, and another on Stuyvesant Avenue on Aug. 24.

Firefighters arrived at the Beverly Place residence at approximately 3:40 p.m. The split-level home already had heavy smoke billowing from its upper level, according to John O’Brien, an East Meadow volunteer firefighter.

As firefighters made their way to the second floor, fire was quickly advancing towards the attic. Ladder Company members pulled down the home’s ceilings, and engine company members were able to get water directly onto the fire.

In less than 20 minutes, the flames were subdued. Although firefighters stopped the fire from taking over the first and second floors, one half of the attic had sustained considerable fire damage. The home also sustained heavy smoke and water damage to the first and second levels.

In all, 78 East Meadow volunteers responded to the fire, with the help of approximately 25 firefighters in the mutual aid plan from Levittown, Westbury, Hicksville, Wantagh, North Bellmore, and North Merrick Fire Departments.

Three days later, the EMFD was back at it, rushing to a Stuyvesant Avenue home at 9:08 p.m. Firefighters emerged on the scene to visible smoke surging from the house.

After connecting Engine 612 to a hydrant, hose lines were stretched up to the second floor, and Chief Walter Griffin requested an additional engine for manpower in the form of Engine 611.

Soon after, interior firefighters located the fire spreading through the second floor walls of the two-story home. With fire advancing into the attic, firefighters opened ceilings and walls to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes.

The fire, contained to the walls of the second floor, caused moderate damage to the wood framed attic.

More than 50 East Meadow volunteers responded to the alarm, with no other need for assistance.

Both fires resulted in no injuries, and their causes are being investigated by the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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