20-Something Months in the Making
By: Diane L. Collins, Co-Editor of The Pager
It's a Tuesday evening,January 26, and The Pager was done. Instead, I find myself rewriting the cover story. Who would have thought? Certainly not I, and certainly not the couple and their neighbors whose home is no longer.
After 20 or so months, Port Jefferson had a 13-35. At approximately 0740 hours, the call came out that there was a Signal 13 at the Harbor Heights apartments at 645 Belle Terre Road. The next transmission was that there had been "several calls to County". As ***'t Chief Doug Savage recollected, he saw the smoke from the top of Old Post Road and Jim Lewis saw it from Route 347. Moments after the alarm was first dispatched, a Signal 3 was put out and Terryville was called in for back up. Setauket would be summoned to act as the Rapid Intervention Team and Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance was on hand and transported the two occupants who suffered minor injuries.
Engine 5 was the first apparatus on scene. They hooked up to the hydrant on Belle Terre Road and straight-laid in. Ladder 1 pulled in seconds after Terryville's Ladder. By that time, the fire was knocked down, but heavy smoke continued to billow out from the eaves down to the fire wall, three or four apartments away from the fire. The extent of the fire damage was kept to the corner apartment. Firefighters checked the attics of the other apartments for fire extension. Once the roof was vented, the smoke dissipated. The incident was deemed under control and over-haul proceeded. Inspectors from Fire Marshal's office came in to inspect the damage as well as some of the residents who had been watching from the curb.
Fires can be a good thing for morale, but then you look at what was lost. Some place two people use to call home. And theirs wasn't the only loss. There was smoke and water damage to several other apartments. One couple had only married in September. Yes, there's insurance, but insurance doesn't replace memories.
Most things went right, but some things went wrong. Surely we will learn from today. It will be the story for the next few months, if not the entire year. A great big "thank you" to the Ladies Auxiliary for their Signal 8. And to everyone who was there: a job well done.
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02-01-1999, 07:49 PM #1DianeFirehouse.com Guest
Port Jefferson Has First Fire in 2 years
02-02-1999, 08:14 AM #2BFD BUFFFirehouse.com Guest
YES 2 YEARS IS A LITTLE LONG. TRY LIVING IN A SMALL SOUTH SHORE TOWN. BAYPORT HAS ONE FIRE EVERY YEAR OR TWO. IT'S TUFF ON THE MEMBERSHIP NOT TO MENTION THAT TRAINING IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT. NO FIRES ARE
GREAT FOR THE COMMUNITY, NOT THAT GOOD FOR THE DEPARTMENT.
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