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Residents & Dogs Rescued as Fire Rips Through Selden Home

By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | January 02, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 010321104

Selden, NY – On January 2nd around 4:55 P.M., Suffolk Police 6th Precinct officers and Selden Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a house fire on Abinet Ct. Upon arrival, a Suffolk Police officer found a camper and home well involved. They advised their dispatch of the situation so that info could be relayed to fire rescue.

The first arriving chief from Selden advised of the working fire (signal 13-35). Mutual aid was requested to the scene from neighboring departments of Farmingville, Centereach, Coram, Setauket and Terryville. Multiple lines were placed into operation while Selden also set up their new tower ladder to supply a master stream. The operation went on for an extended period due to the size of the fire.

Selden FD Rescue members transported a police officer to Stony Brook Hospital. According to a police media release, the officer entered the home to evacuate the residents who were trying to get their dogs out. The officer was able to guide the residents out, however, the officer suffered smoke inhalation and a dog bite according to the release.

The one dog was successfully removed by Selden's 1st Assistant Chief K. Kostrna and Farmingville Firefighter Rich Picirello according to police officials, and was taken to an emergency vet for treatment. The dog was doing okay according to officials and should make a full recovery. The second dog was able to get out of the burning home on its own and was not injured.

Firefighters were at the scene for about two hours. Medford Fire stood by at Selden’s HQ for other alarms during that time. The cause of the fire was being investigated by the Brookhaven Fire Marshal's office.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.