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Multiple Families Left Homeless After New Year's Day Fire in Ronkonkoma

By CHRIS SABELLA, Senior Correspondent | January 01, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 010121107

Ronkonkoma, NY - Just after 10:40 A.M. on January 1st, Lakeland FD was alerted to a fire at 500 Peconic St., at The Heatherwood Apartments. First arriving units had at least two apartments involved and mutual aid responses went out for additional engines and ladders to the scene. The fast-moving fire quickly broke through the roof and was spreading to additional apartments, prompting more mutual aid to be called to the scene. Firefighters stretched multiple handlines and were battling the blaze for over one hour before all visible fire was knocked down. Extensive overhaul was then conducted. A total of four (possibly five) apartments were completely gutted, leaving multiple families homeless on New Year's Day.

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