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Early morning house fire displaces Valley Stream family


A fire early Thursday morning badly damaged a house on Lamberson Street, according to Valley Stream fire officials. The family living in the home was displaced, according to unofficial reports, and friends are seeking donations to support them.

Firefighters received the call for a house fire at around 2 a.m., and upon arriving at the scene found a blaze in the first-floor kitchen and dining room, which had begun spreading to the second floor according to Fire Chief Eugene O’Brien.

“We had it under control in about 20 minutes,” he said, and within an hour the fire had been completely extinguished. According to a report from the department on social media, firefighters were forced break open walls in the affected areas to eliminate all remnants of the fire.

“There was extensive damage to the fire rooms, but we saved the rest of the house,” O’Brien said, but noted that smoke and water damage had extended to much of the home.

Because of its severity, firefighters from the Elmont, Hewlett, Lynbrook, Woodmere and Lawrence/Cedarhurst fire departments were called to assist, O’Brien said. There were no reported injuries.

According to unofficial reports on social media, the house belongs to the Donaghy family, and a GoFundMe has been established to assist them in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. So far nearly $16,000 has been raised. The GoFundMe can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-donaghy-family