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House Fire Spreads to Neighboring Homes in Long Beach

A home at 522 E. Beech Street fully engulfed in flames early Friday morning. (Credit: Robert Davis)
A home at 522 E. Beech Street fully engulfed in flames early Friday morning. (Credit: Robert Davis)

* This story was updated at 7:31 a.m. on 1.25.14.

A fire broke out at an East End home early Friday morning and spread to neighboring homes and left one person injured.  

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At about 1:21 a.m., the Long Beach Fire Department received a call about a house fire at 522 E. Beech St., LBFD Commissioner Scott Kemins told Patch. Kemins said he arrived at the scene at 1:24 a.m. and found a working fire. At 1:26 a.m. he escalated it to a second-alarm fire, at which time the first fire truck, Engine 2343, arrive on the scene.

“The original fire building suffered extensive fire damage and was fully involved upon my arrival,” Kemins said.

Flames from the house soon spread to a home immediately to the west of it, at 518 E. Beech, and to the east, at 528 E. Beech. Kemins said the home at 518 sustained moderate fire damage to the exterior and the attic, and the home at 528 sustained moderate damage to the exterior.

Chief Antonio Cuevas said that early in the operation firefighters experienced pressure lose from the hydrants due to the extreme cold, making fighting the fire more difficult. “We relied on our mutual aid companies to come in and help augment our water situation,” Cuevas said. 

Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control at 3 a.m. and all operations were secured by 4:45 a.m., Kemins said. Assisting the LBFD were fire departments from Island Park, Point Lookout-Lido, Oceanside, Baldwin, Freeport, Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Inwood, Hewlett, Rockville Centre and East Rockaway.

“Once the main body of fire was knocked down our firefighters had an extreme amount of overhauling to do to make sure all fire was extinguished and there was no hidden pockets of fire,” Cuevas said.

The LBFD’s Facebook page states that fire operations were extremely difficult due to the cold weather, but residents in all three homes were evacuated safely.

“All three houses were occupied; everyone got out safely; the two adjoining homes were evacuated by the Long Beach Police Department,” Kemins said.

One LBFD firefighter suffered a shoulder injury and was transported to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside.

The Nassau County Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause of the fire. 

* This story was updated at 9:51 a.m. on 1.24.14.

Larry Schlossberg January 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Great job under these extreme conditions. Another reason to support your fire departments.
Cari Ruderman January 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Great job all in those extreme conditions
Sick and Tired January 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Only a few of the departments actually go to the scene. The rest standby at the LBFD stations to protect the rest of the city.
BSM January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Thank you to all the first responders! It was a miserable night indeed.
mike January 25, 2014 at 06:40 AM
two of the fire hydrants wee not working because of Sandy? How many others are not working? The city manager said on channel 12 news that they are waiting on money from FEMA for the hydrants.they have known about hydrants not working properly,but did not replace them is shocking. replace them and hopefully get reimbursed by FEMA
Trying to Make Sense January 25, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Mike, hydrants not working b/c of Sandy? The article states: Chief Antonio Cuevas said that early in the operation firefighters experienced pressure lose from the hydrants due to the extreme cold, making fighting the fire more difficult. “We relied on our mutual aid companies to come in and help augment our water situation,” Cuevas said.
Trying to Make Sense January 25, 2014 at 08:36 AM
GREAT JOB LBFD!
mike January 25, 2014 at 08:48 AM
On channel 12 news, in an interview, the city manager stated the hydrants were not working properly due to Sandy, and that FEMA should have given the money to replace/fix them by now.
Eddie January 25, 2014 at 09:21 AM
That was a stupid thing for the City Manager to say. Many hydrants in the City are damaged by the mechanisms sitting below the watertabler and some are 100 years old. Some also have not been maintained. I suppose he's hoping FEMA believes him and sends money. The City is replacing many of the old ones with an unproved, extremely hi-tech design manufactured by another Democratic political hack in East Rockaway. They claim they are better. I debated that with one fire guy, because the new ones are full of dozens of little plastic parts I don't think will hold up. He disagreed. It would be interesting to know if the new one worked. The FD did one heck of a job containing that fires. What a good bunch of guys we have here!
larry teague January 26, 2014 at 09:16 AM
the city mgr is full of crap. they borrowed $100 million for "sandy related expenses" (including illegal overtime for exempt employee pals). he couldn't delegate $5000 for a few fire hydrants? and then the pipsqeak has the balls to blame FEMA? god help us if somebody had been seriously injured. time for this prolific liar to be exposed for the fraud that he is
Bill Bennett January 26, 2014 at 10:39 PM
Didn't take long before the regular bashers comment. lol ..
Carly January 31, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Does anyone know whether a fund for the family has been established and where we can donate? My heart goes out to them.

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