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Residents Narrowly Escape Burning Yaphank Home

By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | April 11, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 041221112

YAPHANK, NY - On Sunday, April 11th at about 12:45 A.M., the Brookhaven Fire Department was activated for a reported house fire on Gerard Road, off Sterling Path. On arrival Chief of Department DiPinto found heavy fire coming from a two-story home and immediately requested the working fire transmitted and the mutual aid plan to be started.

First due Engine was 5-3-8 responded in with a full crew and immediately went to work pulling lines and working with the additional arriving engines to secure a water supply as well as checking the house for occupants. All of the occupants were able to make it out of the home.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire relatively quickly, however there was a large amount of overhaul to be done. Departments that assisted included Bellport, Hagerman and Yaphank, all responding to the scene to help with firefighting operations and overhaul. South Country Ambulance Company sent personnel to the scene to standby as well as to assist with firefighter rehab, and the Mastic FD stood by for Brookhaven for additional calls.

Gerard road was closed by Brookhaven Fire Police and Suffolk Pd in both directions in the area during the operations for the safety of the personnel operating. The scene was turned over to the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police Arson Squad for investigation.

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