Late on November 11, 2016, the Centereach Fire Department was activated for a reported residential structure fire on Minto Court. Upon arrival commanding units were met with a fully involved structure. Chief 5-5-31 requested mutual aid from Selden, Ronkonkoma and Setauket. Two adults and two children were brought to safety by an off-duty Suffolk County Police officer who lived across the street and took a portable ladder to the window. Command went defensive and made an exterior attack. The fire spread to an adjoining house at the rear of the property due to high winds but was quickly contained. Firefighters rescued one dog from the home, another perished. Four occupants were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, along with one firefighter, all with minor injuries. Command requested a fire marshal and arson squad to the scene for an investigation.
– Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez and Tom Doyle