The Islip Fire Department was originally alerted for an outside fire, which was then upgraded to a house fire on Les Street. While still en route First Assistant Chief Gunst had a large column of smoke visible and arrived to find a two-story home with heavy fire showing in the rear on the first and second floors. Engine 3-4-7 dropped the first line at the house. The crew from Engine 3-4-2 stretched a second line off 3-4-7. One line was brought into the house the other was brought to the exposure 3 side exterior. A third line was stretched when Engine 3-4-9 arrived. The crews from Ladders 3-4-5 and 3-4-11, laddered, vented and searched. It took about an hour to bring the fire under control with no reported injuries. Mutual aid to the scene was provided by Bay Shore, East Islip, Islip Terrace and Brentwood. West Islip stood by for Islip. Exchange Ambulance of the Islips was also on scene. The cause of the fire was under investigation.        

– Fire News photo by Paul Mazza