One firefighter was injured in an early morning house fire on dead-end Leaman Place in Lynbrook last Friday.
Chief Anthony DeCarlo arrived within minutes of the 7 a.m. broadcast. Other assistant fire chiefs who arrived found a fire burning in the basement of the two-story home. The occupants had escaped the burning house before firefighters arrived.
Tally-Ho Engine Company 3 from Horton Avenue was first on the scene, followed by Truck Company, which responded with both their ladder trucks. As Tally-Ho firefighters stretched a hose line from their engine to the side door of the house, Truck Company members took off the side door, which was charred from the fire coming up the basement staircase. With the side door gone tremendous heat and smoke came up from the basement. In the meantime, Truck Company was putting their ladder up to the second story.
Firefighters then moved the hose line down into the burning basement as the fire spread across the basement ceiling in the front half of the house. At times, with the heavy smoke condition which made visibility almost impossible, and due to the amount of items stored in the basement, firefighters found it difficult to maneuver the hose line and get at the main-body of fire. Truck Company helped the situation by taking out the windows to get the smoke out of the building and thereby help the firefighters fighting the fire inside.
As more manpower arrived a second line was also taken from Tally-Ho as a back-up line to the side door. Additionally, another line was taken off Tally-Ho by Engine Company, which had also arrived. Their line went into the front door and knocked down the fire that had spread up from the basement into the front and sidewalls. Firefighters had to remove the first floor living room wall to make sure the fire had not spread up to the second floor. Hose Company provided an additional hose line from the hydrant to Tally-Ho and also helped man the third line in the front door.