The Farmingdale and South Farmingdale fire departments were alerted for a house fire with possible people trapped on Prospect Street about 0630 on August 20, 2023. Farmingdale Chief of Department M. Tortoso was the first to respond. Assistant Chiefs Hammond and Kelly, South Farmingdale Chief of Department Mackie and First Assistant Chief McFarlane also responded. Chief Tortoso arrived to heavy fire showing from the rear of a 2-1/2 story home. The fire quickly extended to the second floor and attic, eventually going through the roof. South Farmingdale Engine 972 put the first line into operation. Farmingdale Engines 921 and 923 stretched two more lines from 972. Bethpage Ladder 3 and Plainview Ladder 953 arrived as the crew of Bethpage Engine 905 stretched a fourth line. The fire took about two hours to bring under control with two firefighters suffering injuries. The fire reached a fourth-alarm equivalent for relief purposes and extensive overhaul. Mutual aid came from East Farmingdale, Melville, Amityville, Jericho, North Amityville, Westbury, Deer Park, North Massapequa, Syosset, Seaford, and Hicksville and East Meadow for Ambulances. Units from Wantagh, Glenwood, East Norwich and Wantagh-Levittown Ambulance stood by. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

– Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and