The Lakeland Fire Department was activated for a reported residential structure fire at the Colony Park Apartments, on Peconic Street. FRES dispatch center was taking numerous calls from nearby neighbors reporting smoke and flames coming from the large two-story building housing multiple units. Lakeland chiefs arrived and immediately transmitted a working fire. Mutual aid was brought in from Ronkonkoma, Nesconset, Holbrook, Holtsville, Bohemia, Central Islip and Hauppauge. The fast-moving blaze made its way into the common attic space, and traveled to the end of the building. The fire ripped through at least six units and badly damaged the entire structure. Crews battled the stubborn blaze for over two hours before it was placed under control. Dozens of residents were displaced, but no injuries were reported. The Red Cross responded to assist the families affected. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Islip Town Fire Marshal’s Office. This is the second major fire at this apartment complex in less than two years.

– Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez, Joseph C. Sperber and