The Halesite Fire Department had a busy evening on Wednesday.
At about 6 p.m. the department responded to a "smoke in the vicinity" call on Bay Avenue. Soon after arriving in the area, firefighters on Halesite's first due apparatus, 221, immediately saw smoke and began a rapid investigation to determine its origin. They quickly realized that one of Huntington Bay's large homes was on fire.
A total of 46 members of the Halesite Fire Department responded to the alarm under the command of Engine Company Captain Dominic Spada. Working closely with Ex-Chief Andy Magerle, mutual aid companies were called from Huntington, Centerport, Huntington Manor and Cold Spring Harbor Fire Departments.
Firefighters brought the fire under control within 30 minutes. They confined it to a small portion of the multi-story private dwelling. The building suffered both fire and smoke damage.
During the alarm Halesite was also called to a motor vehicle accident on East Shore Road. An engine crew from Huntington Manor and ambulance crew from Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department responded. Upon arrival firefighters saw that a jeep lost control and nearly flipped over into Huntington Harbor. Two occupants of the vehicle were transported to Huntington Hospital in stable condition.
"Captain Spada and the rest of Halesite's members did a superb job of stopping the fire from becoming a major blaze," said Chief Dan McConnell, who arrived at the fire after it was brought under control.
"It's great to know neighboring fire departments are just a call away to help us protect the residents of the Halesite Fire District," he added.The cause of the fire in under investigation by the the Suffolk Count Arson Squad. No injuries were reported.