Shortly before 6 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2005 the Lynbrook, New York Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to a report of a smoke condition in one of the department's firehouses.
Firefighters arriving at the quarters of Lynbrook Truck Company One on Earle Avenue found a working fire in their station.
The firehouse, built in 1874, was the first firehouse built in the Village of Lynbrook, which is located 7 miles outside of New York City. The building, although renovated over the years, still supports the original bell tower that was used to summon volunteer firefighters to alarms in the past.
The fire apparently began in a first floor electrical panel and extended to the second floor. One apparatus bay as well as the members area on the second floor sustained significant damage.
Firefighters were able to remove both pieces of apparatus, Seagrave 100 foot rear mount Ladder 428 and a Ladder 427 a LTI tower ladder, before they could be damaged.
No injuries were reported. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes with assistance from the East Rockaway and Rockville Centre fire departments.