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Wind-Fed Blaze Rips Through Mastic Home

By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | April 23, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 042421103

MASTIC, NY - On Friday, April 23rd at approximately 1:30 P.M., the Mastic Fire Department was called for a reported structure fire in the 150 block of Mayfield Drive.

Chief of Department Rudy Sunderman {5-12-30} was the first to respond. On arrival Sunderman found a fully involved two-story house, and he was also faced with some explosions that were occurring. Sunderman requested fire-com to reactivate for a working fire and start the mutual aid plan. He advised first due units 5-12-2 and 5-12-5 that when crews arrived, they needed to immediately stretch lines and secure a water supply.

Mutual aid was activated from Brookhven, Mastic Beach, Center Moriches, East Moriches, Eastport, Yaphank and Ridge FDs. As mutual aid companies began arriving, they began assisting the crews from Mastic Engine 2 and Unit 5 with stretching additional lines and working to make an aggressive attack. The fire seemed to be fed by the heavy winds and firefighters also faced collapses of the roof, as well as the second floor, which caused them to have to fight the fire from the exterior. Firefighters worked for an extended period of time battling the house fire as well as two car fires in the driveway before the job was placed under control.

EMS was also on scene from Mastic Ambulance under the command of Chief Maria Landman {5-37-30} and Assistant Chief Mike Montauban {5-37-31}. Rehab was requested from Shirley Community Ambulance to assist at the scene. No injuries were reported. The occupant and his dog were able to escape safely. Some firefighters remained on scene for several hours due to extensive overhaul as an excavator needed to be called in. The house was deemed a total loss and the scene was turned over to the fire marshal’s office.

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