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Man Rescued from Apartment Building Fire in N. Patchogue

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NORTH PATCHOGUE, NY – On Tuesday, May 17th at approximately 8:12 A.M., the North Patchogue FD was activated for a report of a structure fire at 311 Robinson Ave., in the Fairfield Apartments. The Hagerman FD was also activated as automatic mutual aid to the scene.

North Patchogue 2nd Assistant Chief (5-17-32) and Hagerman Chief of Department Tom Dunham (5-10-30) advised dispatch that they were en route as reports of multiple calls from buildings 309 & 311 were being received. Police dispatchers also received a report of possible occupants still inside building 311. On arrival, Chief Dunham of Hagerman advised North Patchogue dispatch and the Assistant Chief that he had active fire and North Patchogue 32 transmitted the working fire assignment, triggering additional mutual aid to be dispatched from Medford, Blue Point and Holbrook Fire Departments.

North Patchogue 5-17-4 was the first due engine, and on arrival the crew had fire showing out of the window of an apartment building and a lot of heat and smoke. Lines were quickly stretched. While crews were operating in the fire apartment, Hagerman Chief Dunham and Firefighter Ohora located a person in an adjacent apartment and brought them to a back window where Suffolk Police and additional Hagerman members assisted him. The man stated that he had been trying to get a cat out of the building. Once he was removed, medical personnel were asked to look at him, but the man refused medical attention. Additional searches were conducted, and it was determined that all other occupants were out.

Multiple hand lines were stretched and an aggressive attack was made to knock the fire down. Due to the quick actions of the department members on scene, damage was able to be minimized and did not spread to the adjacent building. The scene was turned over to the Brookhaven Fire Marshal's Office for investigation. Units were back in service after about one hour and 20 minutes.

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JOHN WALTHERSSenior Correspondent

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